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Smule, the company behind popular, music-based iPhone apps like Ocarina and I am T-Pain, has raised $8 million in a third round of funding.
The Menlo Park, Calif. company’s apps usually take advantage of the iPhone’s capabilities in cool, innovative ways that revolve around music. (Co-founder and chief technology officer Ge Wang is a music professor at Stanford.) I am T-Pain, developed with the popular hip hop star, overlays your singing with Auto-Tune technology, and has been downloaded 700,000 times. Ocarina, which transforms your iPhone into a musical instrument, has been downloaded 1.65 million times. Those are paid apps, by the way, and Smule says it’s on-track to reach $3 million in sales this year.
Smule also recently launched an “evil twin” company called Smort, which it uses for its more out-there ideas, such as an iPhone game called Attack of the Zombie Bikini Babes from Outer Space.
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