October 20, 2012
AppAdvice has once again teamed up with Mathieu Brassard in order to offer you a chance to win one of 13 promo codes for Discover Musical Instruments ($0.99) for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Let your children, especially the musically captivated, get an early start on learning, and have a fun time doing it. From whistles and pianos to pan flutes and harpsichords, Discover Musical Instruments features 60 musical instruments to learn and play. Each entry contains a high-resolution photo, sound clip, and the instrument’s name. The app supports English, French, and Spanish, which works as a general convenience or a supplementary tool for teaching a new language. The user interface is simple, yet has a lot of potential. Kids tap on photos to hear an electric guitar’s riff, a bagpipe salute, a harp’s soothing melodies, and more. Just as easy, kids tap on the name to hear a narrative pronunciation in the chosen language. Use a swipe or arrows to navigate through the photo library. Portrait mode is one-by-one, while landscape displays several different instruments at once. Multi-touch support allows your child to make a symphony of various tones and music. In addition, parents can modify many aspects of the experience to better accommodate a child and for personalization. Flashcard customization allows a parent to add a personal touch or provide further encouragement by recording your child speaking the word. To edit cards, tap on the settings button in the top-left of the main menu, then Customize Cards, and continue from there. If at any point you’d prefer to return to the default recordings, there's an Erase button to remove your personalization. Also within settings, parents can adjust slideshow and navigation parameters, auto-start preferences, and even create a quiz-like mode. By enabling the "Hide instrument name" option, kids will need to guess the name of the instrument. All it takes is a single tap on the bottom toolbar, where the name normally appears, to reveal it. Speaking of progress, Discover Musical Instruments now includes SmarTots integration. Don’t be shy about downloading a copy of the no cost Discover Musical Instruments Free, containing the same simple, fun, and educational elements, plus 20 of the 60 instruments from the full version. To have a chance at winning one of four Discover Musical Instruments promo codes, just hit that tweet button near the bottom of this page or retweet this post from your favorite Twitter app before Oct. 21 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. We will then search the Twitterverse for all of the retweets and randomly choose our lucky winners. The winners will be notified via Twitter, so please be sure to follow us so we can send you your promo code via a direct message. Non-Twitter users and those of you who want to increase your odds of winning can leave a relevant comment below before 11:59 p.m. PDT tomorrow to have a chance at winning one of the other nine Discover Musical Instruments promo codes. If you do make an entry via the comments area, please be sure to also check your junk email boxes so that you won't miss out if you win. Feel free to participate in the giveaway via either or both methods. Only one entry per person per method is allowed, totaling up to two entries per person if using both.