June 28, 2013: Congratulations to Cassandra S. who won a free copy of SlowTunes!
SlowTunes is a new, iPhone app ($1.99) developed by the dad of a girl with apraxia. She loved the “Time to Sing” CD which features popular kids’ tunes like the Hokey Pokey and Wheels on the Bus at a slower tempo that she could keep up with. But time goes on, kids’ tastes change and sometimes a mom or dad needs to hear a new song. SlowTunes was born.
This app allows you to upload songs you already have in your playlist and play them at a slower speed with no change in pitch. No. Change. In. Pitch. Awesome, right?
You’ve got to check it out to see both the simplicity and brilliance of the idea. Ever want to really hear what the artist is saying? Ever try to learn a song and wish you could start at just a slightly slower speed (For instance, if you are a middle school boy who wants to rap, but your mom won’t let you which includes not letting you print out lyrics because you pick the most misogynistic and/or violent songs available. Uh, oh, I might not be able to share my copy at home)? Ever have a child who just can’t keep up with the “standard” song?
The screen will show you the song title/cover and give you options to play/fastforward/rewind as well as play rates of: normal, slower, or slowest. By going into settings, you choose the rate for “slower” and “slowest.” Options are between 50%-100%, done in increments of 5%. The default for “slower” is 90% and “slowest” is 80%. Percentage points have a bigger impact than you’d imagine!
I think this would be great for lots of speech and language delayed kiddos, and I’ve got a free copy to giveaway! If you’d like to enter, simply comment below, letting us know how you think you are most likely to use the app. Though it is currently optimal on the iPhone, it can be used on the iPad. Please also include the device you are most likely to use it on.
You must enter by midnight EST, June 27, 2013. The winner will be selected at random and announced on Friday, June 28, 2013. Good luck!
I received a free copy of SlowTunes, but all views expressed are strictly mine.