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Don't even get me started on which artists I think should use this cool new iPhone app. I'd love to name names, but the pesky threat of slander is just too difficult to bear. I'll leave it to Jay-Z to continue picking on the proponents of this emergent technology.
After what was for a time an uncertain future, Auto-Tune, the popular software that alters the pitch of a performer’s voice, is coming to the iPhone.
From The New York Times:
An application called “I Am T-Pain,” after the rapper who most recently popularized the Auto-Tune software with a liberal use of it in his songs, transforms the iPhone into an auto-tune microphone. The application was developed as a joint collaboration between T-Pain, Antares Audio Technologies, the company that produces the software that creates the vocal effect, and Smule, a start-up that develops applications for the iPhone.
Gee, how do you really feel, Jay-Z?
A few famous rappers aside, Auto Tune is poised for further popularity. “This is our latest experiment,” said one of the co-founders at Smule. “There’s no shortage of celebrity apps in the App Store, but the feeling was that a lot of them didn’t capture the essence of the artist.”
The application turns the iPhone into an Auto-Tune microphone, allowing users to sing alongside popular T-Pain tracks. “I Am T-Pain” comes bundled with five songs, including the radio hits “Bartender” and “Sprung.” Players will also have the option of buying more songs via the application to digitally harmonize along with. In addition, players can create and record songs using a “freestyle” Auto-Tune effect, which can be uploaded to the Web and sent to friends via e-mail, Facebook and MySpace.
Although I'm not a gambling man, I will still go out on a limb and wager that "I Am T-Pain" might quickly become one of the most popular music apps for the iPhone.
Our deepest condolences to Jay-Z.