musical.ly is an app vaguely reminiscent of the original YouTube, when the internet platform was used more for uploading homemade videos than it was for showcasing highly successful beauty gurus and gamers as it is today. However, musical.ly offers so much more than YouTube, from the fact that the app revolves around a lip-syncing function to the idea that musical.ly is a social media hub for musicians and video makers. It's not just a platform for watching and commenting, but a space to iRead full review
musical.ly: In Review
musical.ly is an app vaguely reminiscent of the original YouTube, when the internet platform was used more for uploading homemade videos than it was for showcasing highly successful beauty gurus and gamers as it is today.
However, musical.ly offers so much more than YouTube, from the fact that the app revolves around a lip-syncing function to the idea that musical.ly is a social media hub for musicians and video makers. It's not just a platform for watching and commenting, but a space to interact with others, and potentially mingle with likeminded people in a competitive industry.
Like most apps circulating today, musical.ly works on both Android and iOS, and can be linked to various other social media platforms. This helps integrate the app into your social circle, and allows you to share your creations with friends and family. This free app is, in our opinion, definitely worth signing up for. Below we look at why.
musical.ly is consistently well rated in terms of functionality, purely because it offers users a wide range of functions to choose from. Users can participate in a variety of free lip-syncing challenges, ranging from new hits to old classics, and can also choose to upload their own songs choice. They can then record, edit and upload videos to the platform, giving them the creative freedom to incorporate jump cuts, changes in speed, pitch shifts and trimmings. All of the free functions listed above work well and users have yet to report any significant lag or bug that has affected their performance. The biggest issue that perhaps may bother those who don't particularly care for Instagram, is the fact that some of the editing functions can only be done once the video is shared through Instagram. This means that you may not be able to add filters or edit the coloring of your videos if you have no intention of sharing it to another social media platform. The lack of self-contained utilities can certainly prove irritating, and is something that both Android and iOS users would like to see the app expand and improve on in the future.
The musical.ly app is bold and colorful by design. The logo, a hot pink ‘M' symbol, is a firm indication of what to expect from the app itself. However, this is certainly not a bad thing, and the bright colors used throughout the design help to create a lively experience. The app features a user profile, that appears quite similar to Instagram in terms of design. The profile name and photo are featured at the top, with a short biography and the number of subscribers listed below. Profiles are where users can upload their videos, and they will appear in a large grid, which is arguably the focal point of the profile page. When choosing a song to lip-sync to, users will find a bright selection of genres to peruse. They all feature original names and colorful pictures. The app, on a whole, is targeted towards a younger and more spirited demographic - and the design certainly follows through on this.
In terms of usability, musical.ly scores relatively high compared to other apps. However, it's the editing tools that ultimately lower the quality of this app. The ability to ‘scroll cut' on this app is certainly useful, although this function is let down by the fact that there is no timeline, meaning that users will have to manually scroll through the entire song to find the portion that they want to trim and save. This significantly reduces the usability of musical.ly. There are, however, many other functions that are easy to use and enjoy. You can easily choose the tempo of a song, by selecting one of the four options at the base of a video. You can also easily choose to upload an original song from your library, or prerecord your video prior to adding a song. A lot of the functions are laid out clearly and are simple to use, which contrasts the difficulty of some of the editing tools.
Cross-platform use 8/10
musical.ly is available on both iOS and Android, and fares well on both operating systems, without any major issues to report. In terms of social media cross-platform use, musical.ly ranks consistently high, primarily because it allows users to share on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook with minimal effort.
There are, to date, no in-app purchases available through musical.ly. Many regard this as a positive thing because musical.ly is actively working to make their video community accessible to all. While this is liable to change in the future, it's certainly a benefit to be enjoyed now. This is a great free app for the time being
The biggest defect associated musical.ly is the lack of usability concerning the editing tools. However, considering this app is largely intended for entertainment purposes, most users will be able to look past these issues and enjoy this functional and fun app. This is a wonderful choice for karaoke fans, and lovers of lip-sync battles, who are itching to participate in the activity themselves. Overall, this is a bold and entertaining app, sure to capture the imagination of most users.Collapse
Those looking for a fun and entertaining way to participate in lip-syncing challenges are sure to enjoy this very usable and functional app, that is free and easy to sign up to.
Pros : Varied and fun;
Crosslinks to other social media platforms, including Instagram and Twitter;
Users have the ability to participate in duet with strangers;
There are no major gaps in functionality;
A free app.
Cons : Some editing tools lack usability;
The app itself is very youthful, and may not appeal many to older users;
The app is dominated by a select few users, so rising to success may prove difficult;
The app requires Instagram for many editing functions.
Cross-platform use 4.0
Average : 4.0