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Smule's Magic Piano App for iPhone and iPod touch Reaches 2.7 million Downloads in First Month

iPhone and iPod touch users have played more than 13 billion musical notes in May, that's over 300,000 notes per minute.

PALO ALTO–Tuesday June 7, 2001–Smule today announced that its new Magic Piano App for iPhone and iPod touch has been downloaded from the App Store more than 2.7 million times in its first four weeks. During this brief period of time, users of Magic Piano have played more than 31 million songs including such works as Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” and Robert Schumann’s “Von fremden Ländern und Menschen." Magic Piano App users have also used their iPhone or iPod touch to play over 13 billion musical notes, or over 300,000 notes per minute.

“I spent forty years of my life and countless hours in piano practice rooms attempting to perfect Bach’s ‘Well Tempered Clavier,’” said Jeff Smith, CEO and co-founder of Smule, a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Music at Stanford University. “It gives me some pain when I realize millions of people don’t need to practice any more to enjoy this masterpiece. What have we done?”

Smule has created top-selling social music apps for iOS including Magic Piano, I Am T-Pain, Glee Karaoke, Ocarina and Magic Fiddle. Smule’s products have drawn heavily from the research of Smule’s co-founder, Dr. Ge Wang, Associate Professor at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, and Smule’s advisor, Dr. Perry Cook, Professor of Computer Music at Princeton’s Sound Lab. What started as an experiment in building an orchestra using Macbooks at Princeton has evolved into a global community creating and sharing music.

Users of Smule products have now performed more than 132 million songs around the world.

Mayo, a Japanese user of Smule’s Glee Karaoke App, created her own version of “Lean on Me” in March of this year to offer support for victims of the Japan Tsunami, and to date, 3,559 people from six continents and roughly 140 countries have added their own contribution to the song. This type of collaboration represents, at its core, Smule's vision of uniting the world through music.

“Our dream is to enable everyone to experience the joy of creating music, regardless of skills or training. We are inspired that millions of people all over the world are expressing themselves through our products, and plan to continue bringing new forms of music-making experiences to the world using iOS apps,” said Dr. Wang.

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