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-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
        voice using your computer's microphone

    --  Easily share songs with friends and parents using the share button
        links to email, Facebook, Twitter, streaming on your iPhone,
        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
        instruments. Kids playing this game and others can earn Koynz, which
        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

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.

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SOURCE  ToonsTunes

Kathryn Shantz, +1-415-350-3518,, for ToonsTunes
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