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Smule opens the doors to its musical social network

Brian Heater

Sure it's launched plenty of successful music apps, but to us, Smule will always be the company that gave us iPhone-based AutoTune in the form of I Am T-Pain (which we managed to try out on half of They Might Be Giants). Obviously, the Bay Area developer is looking to be a lot more. In fact, it's opening itself up to the web in the form of a social network that'll let visitors peruse its one billion or so user-generated songs. You can create playlists of Smule-created music and find folks to collaborate with for cloud-based jam sessions. The network opens today through Smule's site. There's a tad more info in the offering just after the break.

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Smule, the company who turned mobile devices into one big recording studio with apps like Magic Piano™, Ocarina, I Am T-Pain™, Guitar! and Sing! Karaoke, today opened up its platform to the web, showcasing over 1 billion songs created by 125 million plus users.

"Music is the original social network," said Jeffrey C. Smith, co-founder and CEO of Smule. "At Smule, we hope to bring music back to its roots as a social and interactive medium."

"Together, Smule users have created over a billion songs," said Jeff. "A lot of those songs, including my own cover of 'Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain', are not especially good. But when you have a hundred million people singing, playing, and curating the songs, a couple nuggets rise to the top. I would even say there are some seriously talented people on the network. Regardless, I think we all are having a lot of fun creating music together."

Smule users are sharing a terabyte of content on the Smule network every other day. Users of Sing! Karaoke, for example, are singing over 20,000 songs per hour. Magic Piano users are playing 50,000 songs per hour. Smule on the web is the new home for all of this content, allowing users to store all of their favorite songs in the cloud, making it easier to access the content from Smule apps, Facebook, Twitter, and now the web.

"Requiring everyone to install apps limited the reach of our network," said Jeff. "We want everyone to be able to access the songs our community has created and shared, regardless of platform or operating system."

"From the start, Smule apps were built with the idea of connecting people around the world through music," said chief product and design officer, Jeannie Yang. "And people formed communities around the apps as the inevitable pull of music brought people together ­–strangers, friends, and families. Our internal code name for the community is Smule Nation because they're our secret weapon...well, not so secret anymore. We can't wait to see what our users will create and where they will take it. We just hope we can keep up with them!"

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