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.


In a move to unite fans of its popular mobile apps, Smule is launching a social network for music makers who use its apps. Now the people who use Smule apps can unite in their own community where they can share musical creations with each other.


Like Flipboard and Instagram before it, the popular mobile app Smule is, after years, heading to the Web. That’s because the company, which makes many music-creation apps that have been downloaded 125 million times and used to create one billion songs, is turning its focus to its Sing Karaoke app, which allows people to create duets and group performances from afar, by layering their singing together.


Apple’s latest round of announcements does include some good news for the more casual music creators who use Smule’s Sing! app to record themselves singing solo or with others around the world. That fast 64-bit processor in the top-of-the-line iPhone 5s has enabled Smule to add real-time 3D effects processing that can make it sound like you’re singing in the shower, the Sydney Opera House, and other locations of acoustic interest.


Smule is launching a new version of its karaoke sing-along app that takes advantage of the unique processing power of the iPhone 5S to produce effects like the sound of someone singing in a shower. The remake of an existing Sing! Karaoke app uses the processing power of the iPhone 5S’s A7 processor, which has double the processing power of the previous version. With that performance, music app maker Smule has been able to add new effects to its sing-along app’s user-created songs.


If you loved the television show Reading Rainbow, which aired from 1983 to 2006, and has since turned into an app — or you have a kid who loves it because you enjoy getting them into your old stuff — then this will be of interest. You’ll also be intrigued if you’re a fan of host LeVar Burton, of Roots and Star Trek fame, because if you win this contest, you’ll be flown to LA to record a song with him.


Smule announced today that it is teaming up with the one and only Reading Rainbow, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year! One lucky person will win the chance to star in a video featured in the Reading Rainbow app with none other than the host of the legendary kids television series and renowned actor, LeVar Burton. Roots? Star Trek: The Next Generation? Big Bang Theory? Community? Perception? Need we say more?


Smule has received the Best App Daily award for CineBeat!


Music creation is really personal. It's often intimidating [...] you want it to be something someone feels like they can be intimate with. To us, in the earliest days of the App Store, that's what the iPhone was. It's a part of your personal life. There's just a lot of different things that made the iPhone a very natural first music partner.


Smule, creators of several of the most popular iOS music apps of all time, has been kicking apps and taking names, with over 15 million active users.

Smule unveiled its latest app on Thursday morning: Guitar by Smule, an iOS app that lets you strum on a virtual guitar along with a vocal recording that another Smule user has already recorded using the Sing app. The company calls this “the first app ever to enable cross-app music creation”.


Music games on consoles may have fallen on hard times, but they’re alive and well on mobile devices: Smule, the company that brought us apps like I am T-Pain and Ocarina, earned $12.6 million in revenues in 2012. The company told Eliot van Buskirk over at that it is on track to reach $20 million this year.


Today, [Smule's] offering up the simply named Guitar, an app that lets you strum along to songs recorded through its equally straightforwardly named Sing. At present, the company has hand-picked a dozen or so singers, letting you play along [...] becoming "the first pair of [Smule] apps that actually talk to each other," according to the company.


Smule, a San Francisco maker of musical apps, has generated a virtual symphony over the past few years, turning mobile phones into pianos, drums, guitars, ocarinas and even T-Pain rap-style vocals.

Now Smule is joining one of the more crowded frays in the app world, taking its musical chops into the chase for the latest high-tech holy grail - something pundits have dubbed "Instagram for video."


Your trusty iPad delivers you the news, displays photos, plays music and lets you read e-books. And now it might be able to turn you into a viral video star.

A new app from Smule called "Strum" lets you record short video clips – using the tablet's front or rear camera – and then adds visual or audio effects before sharing it with the world.


Strum filters generate music — which doesn’t sound exactly the same for any two clips — and retune any speech on the soundtrack, oftentimes leaving the speakers sounding like they’re singing or rapping.

It may be an Instagram for video, but it also deserves to be appreciated on its own quirky, inventive merits.