Magic Piano by Smule

Magic Piano by Smule

10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads

Pros
  • Easy for anyone who's never played piano
  • Piano versions of songs instantly recognizable
Cons
  • No ability to modify style or tempo
  • Very restricted access to song database
  • Doesn't actually replicate the experience of paying the piano
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Expert's Review
5.9
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"No patience for piano practice? This is your app!"

Reviewed by / Jan 08, 2014

Tap your way through instantly recognizable pop, rock, and classical hits

So you want to play the piano, yet you're not interested in investing the time and effort it would take to actually do so. There's an app for that! Magic Piano by Smule offers a way to tickle the ivories without having to learn a thing about reading music - all you need is a sense of rhythm and a pair of tapping fingers.

Notes are represented by glowing lights that ease their way over time to the bottom of the screen, where tapping them at the appropriate moments will result in the production of familiar melodies. Your choice of songs is limited at first, but as you earn coins through practice, you'll be able to unlock further instantly recognizable pop, rock, and classical hits. Haven't you always wanted to bang out a piano version of Gangnam Style?

Earning new songs can feel frustratingly slow, though, since with a real piano you'd simply have access to all the notes at any time that you pleased. There's the in-app option to purchase further ditties, of course, should you feel impatient enough to dole out real cash for access to a tappable Call Me Maybe. Forget about adding your own flourishes, too - the playing mechanism has been so far simplified from the experience of actually playing the piano, you're also forced into conforming with the precise tempo decided upon by the app.

Magic Piano by Smule is perhaps a thrill for those who have always had vague interest in playing the piano but never had the chance. However, the lack of flexibility in playing style and song choice will make it too restricted of an experience for anyone seeking something more musically compelling.

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Developer's original description available here
From Bruno Mars to Mozart, play songs by the hottest artists on the #1 piano game! Get free songs every day and enjoy the best song catalog of any piano app. Join the over 25 million Magic Piano players and experience the fun of playing piano - no lessons or tutors needed!

Featured in the New York Times and Time magazine, Magic Piano makes you a piano virtuoso - any time, anywhere. Just touch the beams of light, and you control the notes, rhythm and tempo of each piece while Magic Piano serves as your guide. Share your performances with friends via Google Plus, Email, Facebook, Twitter, or SMS!

MORE THAN 1,000 SONGS - NEW SONGS ADDED EVERY WEEK! CHECK BACK DAILY FOR NEW FREE SONGS!
Choose from the largest music catalog of any piano app.
- Hot new music is added to the app regularly, so check back often.
- Earn new songs by playing and by watching videos
- Check back daily for free music every day!

Current music in the app includes:

POP:
• Counting Stars - One Republic
• Cups - Anna Kendrick

ROCK:
• Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
• Clocks - Coldplay

CLASSICAL:
• Moonlight Sonata
• Ode to Joy

R&B
• Hero - Mariah Carey
• Lean On Me - Bill Withers

MOVIES AND MUSICALS:
• A Whole New World
• Phantom of the Opera

Want a song that's not available? Suggest songs on Smule’s Facebook or Google+ page: www.facebook.com/smule and http://gplus.to/smule

SHARE YOUR PERFORMANCES WITH THE WORLD!
Share the beauty of music with your friends and other Magic Piano players.
-Broadcast your performances on the in-app Smule Globe or listen to other players' songs and give their performances some love.
-Share your pieces through Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS.

www.smule.com
www.gplus.to/smule
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www.youtube.com/smule
www.twitter.com/smule

Please note:

1) We have discovered a minor, non-functionality impacting issue on the Nexus 10. We are aware of this and are working with Google to address the issue.

2) While you can use your existing Smule account with Magic Piano on Android, the content of the apps differ substantially, and consequently songs and Smoola are not shared between iOS and Android. Thank you for your understanding.

3) We unfortunately no longer support Android devices running an Android OS lower than 4.0. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Recently changed in this version

1.4.1
Hi Magic Pianists!

This is a quick update that fixes some crashes related to purchasing songs and accessing the songbook.

If you're still experiencing problems, feel free to reach out to us at support@smule.com. Rock on!

1.3.9
Hi Magic Pianists!

- Add your own flair to Sing! Jam songs with new FREESTYLE sections! Check out the new background while you play and freestyle away!
- We improved the Sync Audio feature making it even easier to match what you hear with what you see!


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Comments and ratings for Magic Piano by Smule
  • (66)

    by Jennifer Montes on 16/04/2014

    Fun I don't know

  • (66)

    by Orlando Gonzalez on 16/04/2014

    Its nagical

  • (66)

    by Tamyra Brooks on 16/04/2014

    This game is amazing

  • (66)

    by Nicholas Buggs on 16/04/2014

    FUN

  • (66)

    by G Cunn on 16/04/2014

    Awesome

  • (66)

    by Damon Beynon on 16/04/2014

    Really cool i wishh i was like that.

  • (66)

    by Zipporah Whitfield on 16/04/2014

    I don't like this game because it won't let u play sertin music