If you’ve seen Smule’s must-have, fun ‘social music’ apps for iPhone OS devices, Glee is a new app that you might want. This slick, incredibly fun ‘social singing’ app was created by Smule for Fox TV’s popular show Glee.
Whether you watch Glee or not — a musical show involving young geeks, aka “gleeks,” and their personal problems — you can enjoy Smule’s app. While writing this, I listened to several renditions of a couple of my fave songs, including Lean On Me and Imagine. In fact, I had the chills listening to a rendition John Lennon’s Imagine by a couple of Glee users located in California. The chills had nothing to do with the song, nor the pitch-corrected voices, but rather what a socially-profound app this really is. That realization was followed by bouts of laughing my head off trying to cover a rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, not coming anywhere close to Fred Mercury’s falsetto range.
The best thing about this app isn’t the pitch-correction feature for those of us not too vocally-gifted, but rather the social side of it, which many of Smule‘s paid apps (Ocarina, Leaf Trombone, Magic Piano for iPad) seem to have. Namely, the ability to listen to other people’s efforts by browsing a 3D rotating globe, or even broadcasting your own. What’s more, Glee lets you duet with other users. If you hear a song that you want to sing to, there’s an in-app purchasing feature that retrieves the song from iTunes. (You’ll be billed US$0.99 (or the equivalent) on your iTunes account.) You also get lyrics with timed, color highlighting of syllables for you to pace yourself as you follow along. You can record your singing, then share it via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Brilliant.
Even just a few minutes of being engrossed in Glee shows that this is far more than a mobile version of karaoke. I’m a proponent of music therapy, and if there’s any one app that could help the overwhelmingly large number of people worldwide who suffer from depression, the Glee app could just be it — aside from Ocarina, which SocialTimes editor Nick O’Neill said as soothing the soul. Music therapy gets crowdsourced for only $2.99 at the App Store (iTunes link).