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Trending Topics on Sing!

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Ever wondered what’s hot in the Sing! World? Similar to Facebook or Twitter’s trending hashtag/topics, Sing!’s new Trending Search Terms feature will let you check out what’s HOT right now with your community.

How does it work?

It’s pretty simple. Underneath the search bar, you will find up to 20 clickable terms sorted by popularity. Once you tap on it, it will take you to the source so you can find more information. These terms will be updated daily and custom to your language and country!

What trending topics should you expect to find?

Hard to say as some will probably happen out of complete silly-ness, but many topics could include a song title, partner artist, community driven challenges, trending topics happening globally, etc.

How to get on the trending list?

This is a new tool we just put in place, so we can expand on this in a future blog post. However here are some ideas:

  • Organizing weekly challenges or themes and building a community around it
  • Building communities around a theme (musical, cosplay, jazz, etc)
  • Group hashtags
  • New song releases
  • New partner artists
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A Fresh New Look for Sing! iOS

The Smule team has been hard at work bringing a fresh new look to Sing! that will make the iOS experience sleeker, simpler, and more beautiful than ever before. Inspired by the careful and consistent design of Sing! on Android, we’ve unified the color palette, icons, and button design all over Sing! iOS. Take a look at the new look and feel of Sing! on the iPhone and iPad:

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Not only will this update make the app easier and more pleasant to use, but it will also allow Smule’s team of designers and engineers to bring new improvements to both iOS and Android faster than ever before. We’re working every day to bring all Sing! users the same great experience no matter what device they use, and this new update to the design of Sing! iOS is a big step in the direction of consistency and simplicity for everyone.

 

As always, we want to hear what you think about the new Sing! Karaoke makeover! Please let us know by sending your comments to support@smule.com.
From the whole Smule team, happy singing!

 

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Invites Update

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Hello Sing!ers,

You want to get the word out about your collabs. And, you want to know about ones you can join. This is why invites are so important, and we’ve heard from and talked to many of you about how to improve the invitation system.  Turns out there are many areas that needed addressing under the hood to make it easier for you to send and receive invites from people you care about.

Today’s update addresses key frustrations that we’ve heard from you on how invites are sent and received.  This may be a big change for some of you used to the old system.  Don’t worry, we’re not done.  This is where we need your help – try the new invites system and let us know what you think.  Know that we will not rest until this new system is working even better than before.

Without further ado, here’s a quick look at the key changes.

One Invites List

Your “Invites” list under “Notifications” will show all the invites sent by people you are following.  We’ve consolidated all the invites from singers you follow and care about into one list.  You don’t need to switch between different invites lists any more.

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People who you are not following can still invite you to join a collab.  However, those invites will show up in the “Others” tab on the “Messages” screen.  Remember, you can block users to stop receiving unwanted invites.

Easily Invite All Your Followers

Your followers want to hear about your new collabs to join.  Right after you finish a duet or group collab, easily invite all your followers with a switch.  Make sure your collab is set to public if you want to invite all your followers to join you.

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Invites via Sing! Message

Sometimes you want to send a more personal invite to your close friends or to your group chat with more specific instructions to join the collab.  You can do that with Sing! Message.  It’s not only for chatting, it’s also a way to personalize your invites directly to specific people or groups of people and chat about how you are going to join the collab with each other!

We’re also addressing one of the most requested features – you can now quickly search from the list of people you’re following without having to scroll through a long list or worry about missing anyone.

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Remember, if you are inviting people who are not following you, your invites will only appear in their “Others” tab.  Be cautious when you do this so your invites don’t get mistaken for spam as you make new friends!

Selective Push Notifications

Are you getting too many push notifications? You can turn on/off your Sing! Message push notifications from specific singers or groups.

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Alternatively, you can also disable all Sing! Message push notifications by going to your Settings and turning off “All Chat Notifications”.

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Whew!  That’s it for now.  We hope this helps you connect with more of your friends and join more collabs.  Let us know what you think and stay tuned because we are going to make it even better.  Happy singing!

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Message Now Available on Sing!

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Sing! is more than singing, it’s about connecting with people all over the world through sharing your voice and a mutual love of music. Singing with another person, no matter who they are or where they live, sparks a connection that we believe is personal, special and crosses all boundaries. However, until now, it’s been difficult to turn that special connection into a dialogue.  In order to “talk” to someone, you had to use comments and 3rd party applications, which made it hard for you to use Sing! to collaborate on singing.

But no longer – Now introducing Message on Sing!

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Message is a new feature on Sing that allows singers to connect with each other via 1:1 and group chat, letting you easily keep up with the people you love to collaborate with.

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You can also send out invites and share covers as messages!

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To protect your privacy, messages from singers you don’t follow are sorted under “Other” in your message center and you will not receive notifications about them. You can also block specific users from messaging you at all.

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To further control when you receive notifications, you can either turn on/off notifications for a chat under its Chat Details or turn on/off all chat notifications under the Sing! settings page. The Sing! settings page is also where you can turn on/off read receipts, which show users you’ve read their messages.

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You can learn more details at http://www.smule.com/support/sing. Please email us at support@smule.com if you have any questions or suggestions!

With Sing! Message, we hope you will sing more than ever and connect more easily with your Sing! friends all over the world.

 

 

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Group Video Update (10.7.14)

 

 

In June, we introduced Group Video, a fantastic new way to collaborate with friends and showcase your talent in Sing! Karaoke. Since then, you’ve created over 200,000 group videos and given us a lot of passionate feedback. Today, we’re excited to showcase some of the Group Video improvements included in the new update!

New Audio Power Driven Rendering!

When we originally released Group Video, we wanted every song to tell a unique story. So we opted to assign joiners’ performances at random. As the song progressed, the number of singers on screen would slowly increase, culminating in an explosive finale. This design had the unfortunate side effect of making it difficult for you to predict when you would appear in the actual Group Video.

We’ve completely retooled the logic behind Group Video transitions. We now utilize your audio power to determine if and when you should appear in the video. If we hear your voice in a given section of a song, we make sure you appear in that section. If you remain silent in a given section, we showcase another singer. If there are more than 8 people singing in a particular section, we’ll try to give everyone equal visibility. The result is a more predictable video centered around showcasing each singer’s talent.

Better Control Over Final Video!

We learned that many of our veteran singers love to organize “collabs,” which are intricately designed group performances with specific parts assigned to specific users. When we originally released Group Video, the video transitions often cut off singers mid-sentence or failed to showcase a singer at a critical moment. This made it a chore to plan a good collab with Group Video.

The new rendering logic now attempts to showcase the right singers at the right time by working with “collabs” rather than against them. The result is you can plan your collabs without having to worry about how the Group Video transitions might override your intended transitions.

Choose Your Part!

We’ve heard that group performances can sound noisy or jumbled if too many people join. To help improve audio inputs, we’re introducing an optional feature called “group parts.”

Similar to duets, when you participate in a group performance, you can now select a part and see a unique set of lyrics and pitch lines. We’ll combine your voice with those of other singers, resulting in a group song that sounds cleaner and more organized. (Of course, if you prefer to sing the entire song, you can still do it!)

“Group parts” is a bold first step to improve the group singing experience by making it easier for users to organize collabs. We eventually want to give you the option to designate your own group parts, rename them, and even assign them to other singers.

For frequently asked questions, click here! 

Stay tuned and please continue providing us with feedback!

 

The Gregory Brothers in Smule Apps + Contest

The Gregory Brothers in Smule Apps + Contest

This week marked the first batch of song releases by The Gregory Brothers in Sing! Karaoke, Magic Piano, Guitar! by Smule, AND Songify!

  • *Bed Intruder*
  • *Can’t Hug Every Cat*
  • *Backin’ Up*
  • *The Acoustics of the Bathroom*
  • “Double Rainbow”
  • “Winning”
  • “Oh My Dayum”
  • “I’m Back”

Additionally, two new Gregory Brothers tracks will be released every Monday, for the next few weeks, To celebrate these exciting releases, we’re announcing The Gregory Brothers contest in Sing! Karaoke!

HOW TO ENTER

  1. In Sing! Karaoke, perform any Gregory Brothers song
  2. Include the hashtag #GregoryBrothers in your song description
  3. Share your performances through Facebook and Twitter
  4. The Gregory Brothers will personally judge the performances and handpick a grand prize winner and runner-up!

PRIZES

  1. grand prize → In addition to receiving a new iPad Air, the grand prize winner will be “a Gregory Brother” for a week, and his/her face will be featured on GB’s YouTube Channel as well as thegregorybrothers.com
  2. runner-up prize → care packages from Smule and The Gregory Brothers, including an autographed photo of The Gregory Brothers, a Smule t-shirt, and an app subscription of his/her choice, and much more!
  3. additional prizes → 20 contest entries will be randomly-selected to receive Smule t-shirts and one-month subscriptions to any app!

Official contest rules


Download Sing! Karaoke for iPhone/iPad!
http://bit.ly/StL_SingiOS

Download Sing! Karaoke for Android!
http://bit.ly/Stl_SingAndroid

http://www.youtube.com/user/schmoyoho

http://www.youtube.com/user/thegregorybrothers

http://www.thegregorybrothers.com/

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