ToonsTunes Launches World's First Virtual Community Offering an Online Recording...
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ToonsTunes Launches World's First Virtual Community Offering an Online Recording Studio and Concert Performances for Kids Making Music is Child's Play with Fun New Service that Enables Kids to Create, Share and Own Their Own MP3s SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- TechCrunch50 - ToonsTunes is launching the first virtual community for kids to create and share music. Featuring an online recording studio and performance venues, ToonsTunes offers a virtual playground for musical geniuses, or those who aspire to be one. Kids can mix-and-match pre-recorded music loops, pick musical instruments, genres and tempos, and put them together to create completely original mixes. Have fun combining grunge guitar, with punk drums, a reggae bass and even add your own recorded lyrics. Then, perform songs for friends on a concert stage, play as background music in your personal pod, or put songs on your iPhone. "We want to combine music creativity with an online social experience for kids," stated Paul Bohan, co-founder and CEO for ToonsTunes. "We're giving kids a fun environment where they can learn to combine sounds, write lyrics, and show-off their work to friends and parents." The ToonsTunes universe is a Space Station occupied by player-controlled avatars, a friendly species of alien, as well as other congenial pets. Making music is easy on ToonsTunes: -- Click the map to enter the recording studio; Make a song with Mix-O-Matic -- Mix-and-match from over 5,000 music loops, created by ToonsTune's professional artists: -- Instruments - Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard -- Beats - Including dozens of additional instruments -- Genres - Rock, Punk, Pop, Hip Hop, Reggae, Metal, Funk, Blues, Country, Latin -- Tempos - Fast, Medium, Slow -- Write your own lyrics and sing along to your own song by recording your voice using your computer's microphone -- Easily share songs with friends and parents using the share button that links to email, Facebook, Twitter, streaming on your iPhone, ringtones, or MP3 downloads Additional Features on ToonsTunes: -- "Space Jammin" game - where kids can play rhythm based music games using the computer keyboard, or even using their own game console instruments. Kids playing this game and others can earn Koynz, which can be used to buy furniture for their pods, clothes, sunglasses and pets -- Play additional other games such as Bejewelled, Pinball, UFO, Alien Invasion, PLATMAN, Guitar Pick Memory. The service is available now at www.ToonsTunes.com. ToonsTunes is targeting Tweens (ages 6-14), an audience proven to have a strong interest in music: Over 70 percent are downloading music online on any given month, 46 percent of kids who have a cell phone download ring tones/ring tunes; additionally, music based games have even passed sports in interest level.* The company has a three-fold revenue model, including: Freemium memberships that enable all kids to enjoy the service with incremental fees for premium services, advertising sponsorships, and merchandise for sale. *Source: NPD Group, Kids & Digital Content Report About ToonsTunes Making music is fun! ToonsTunes is the only virtual world for kids that combine social community with the ability to create, share and enjoy music made by others. Playing games and making music earn impressive rewards for your avatar, while utilizing music-sharing features gives players a chance to expand their audience through email and social networks. Based in San Rafael, California, ToonsTunes is run by Connected Studios, Inc., and is run by a team of musicians, entrepreneurs and techies. About TechCrunch50 Founded in 2007 by leading technology blog TechCrunch and entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, the TechCrunch50 conference provides a platform for early-stage, and frequently unfunded, companies to launch for the first time to the technology industry's most influential venture capitalists, corporations, angel investors, fellow entrepreneurs and the international media. Companies are selected to participate exclusively on merit. TechCrunch50 is supported by corporate sponsors Google, Microsoft, Bing, MySpace and Facebook, as well as venture capital and legal-advisory firms including Sequoia Capital, Charles River Ventures, Founders Fund, Redpoint Ventures and Perkins Coie. SOURCE ToonsTunes Kathryn Shantz, +1-415-350-3518, Kathryn@magnity.com, for ToonsTunes
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