Techies Find SongPop as Addicting as Words With Friends

As Americans plunge deeper into a “digital age” in which smart phones are becoming the new necessity and Facebook runs much of the social world, we are once again introduced to another new digital trend that has started to rear its head around the Internet world.
Much like the rise of other popular applications such as Words With Friends and Instagram, the quiz game SongPop is quickly starting to light up screens. Launched just three months ago by social application company Freshplanet, the addicting app has exploded into prominence, boasting 25 million users.
Just what is it about SongPop that has made it grow so quickly? It could easily be the fact that it is available on both the Apple App Store and on the Android Market, eliminating the frustrating gap that has been such a pitfall for so many less successful apps. It could also be the fact that it is available on Facebook, which is especially endearing for people who do not subscribe to the growing smartphone trend, sticking to what history professor Dr. Littell-Lamb calls a “dumb phone.”

Perhaps SongPop’s most attractive feature is that it’s just so addicting by nature, not unlike fellow application Words With Friends. The game itself works like this: the player is given a short clip of a song and is posed with the task of choosing either the name of said song or the artist who performed it. Meanwhile, a timer is ticking on them, and the earlier that the user chooses the correct answer, the more points they are awarded. Meanwhile, a different user, whether it is a friend or a completely random player, is going through the same quiz and competing for the overall win.

The game is also very appealing to a wide audience because it gives the user a choice as to what genre of music it will be quizzing them on for each round. So, if you are not a fan of top 40 radio these days, there is still an available punk or 90s alternative option. This allows each player to utilize their strengths when it is their turn to choose the genre.

The app is also starting to make its rounds through campus.

Freshman nursing major Kyle Ewing said that he “likes SongPop even more than Words With Friends.”

“It’s just so much fun,” said freshman business major Megan Curran. “There’s a little something for everybody, and I think that’s why it’s so popular.”

What’s important to remember though, is how new this app really is. Launched only in May of this year, it still has the potential to grow even more. SongPop is a game that is easy to pick up and play, which is a trait that will definitely set it apart from its contemporaries. Applications like SongPop continue to turn leisure time into a social affair, feeding the “digital age” and making the nation more connected in multiple facets of life.

Jordan Walsh can be reached at jordan.walsh@spartans.ut.edu.

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