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Try out Songify, the app from +Smule that turns your speech into a song: goo.gl/J2pV2
 
You’ve probably seen the Gregory Brothers’ hilarious Bed Intruder Song (http://goo.gl/QHfgR) and AutoTune the News series (http://goo.gl/AC8mF). Songify, the new +Smule app launched today at http://goo.gl/J2pV2, magically creates songs from your spoken words in the same style.

On May 22, Songify it up with the Gregory Brothers on a Google+ Hangout on Air! 7 lucky fans will join the Hangout, which will be broadcast live from +Google Play. We will also have the creators of the app joining in.

Want to be one of the 7? Make a Songified YouTube video of yourself asking a question for the Gregory Brothers and/or the app creators, and tell them why you’d like to be part of this unique event. Post a link to the video in the comments below by 2pm PST on Friday, May 18th. The Gregory Brothers will select their favorite 7 responses and extend an invitation to those fans to join the Hangout On Air on May 22, 2012.

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Why are you guys promoting an app that requests access to the Logs, and has no real reason to? Are these things not even checked before an app is featured?
 
We need some good explanations for why this app needs such broad permissions.


HARDWARE CONTROLS
RECORD AUDIO
Allows the app to access the audio record path.
YOUR LOCATION
COARSE (NETWORK-BASED) LOCATION
Access coarse location sources such as the cellular network database to determine an approximate tablet location, where available. Malicious apps may use this to determine approximately where you are. Access coarse location sources such as the cellular network database to determine an approximate phone location, where available. Malicious apps may use this to determine approximately where you are.
FINE (GPS) LOCATION
Access fine location sources such as the Global Positioning System on the tablet, where available. Malicious apps may use this to determine where you are, and may consume additional battery power. Access fine location sources such as the Global Positioning System on the phone, where available. Malicious apps may use this to determine where you are, and may consume additional battery power.
NETWORK COMMUNICATION
FULL INTERNET ACCESS
Allows the app to create network sockets.
YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
READ SENSITIVE LOG DATA
Allows the app to read from the system's various log files. This allows it to discover general information about what you are doing with the tablet, potentially including personal or private information. Allows the app to read from the system's various log files. This allows it to discover general information about what you are doing with the phone, potentially including personal or private information.
PHONE CALLS
READ PHONE STATE AND IDENTITY
Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. An app with this permission can determine the phone number and serial number of this phone, whether a call is active, the number that call is connected to and the like.
STORAGE
MODIFY/DELETE USB STORAGE CONTENTS MODIFY/DELETE SD CARD CONTENTS
Allows the app to write to the USB storage. Allows the app to write to the SD card.
SYSTEM TOOLS
MODIFY GLOBAL SYSTEM SETTINGS
Allows the app to modify the system's settings data. Malicious apps may corrupt your system's configuration.
PREVENT TABLET FROM SLEEPING PREVENT PHONE FROM SLEEPING
Allows the app to prevent the tablet from going to sleep. Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
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NETWORK COMMUNICATION
RECEIVE DATA FROM INTERNET
Allows apps to accept cloud to device messages sent by the app's service. Using this service will incur data usage. Malicious apps could cause excess data usage.
VIEW WI-FI STATE
Allows the app to view the information about the state of Wi-Fi.
VIEW NETWORK STATE
Allows the app to view the state of all networks.
DEFAULT
MARKET BILLING SERVICE
Allows the user to purchase items through Market from within this application
 
+Margaret Leber Most of those are fine and typical except the READ SENSITIVE LOG DATA. Location stuff is likely due to ads (although I have not installed - due to the Log permission).
 
I suspect that I won't get an answer here, as it seems to be the trend of Google responding to tough questions. So, I'll be sure to join the Android Developer hangouts this week and make sure our voice is being heard.
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I HATE the tards who made this app. They just can't help but put their face on all their videos, and now even put themselves into their app. Shameless.
 
Not thrilled about "modify global system settings" either. Most iOS devs don't seem to pay a lot of attention to permissions.
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the new "free" seems to be "free as long as you completely give up your privacy"
 
Sounds like spyware, or at least creepy adware. I am reminded of the comment by security guru, Ed Felten, who remarked "Given a choice between dancing pigs and security, users will pick dancing pigs every time."
 
Why does this app need full access to my USB storage, GPS location, and the ability to read my system log? Why is this app being promoted?
 
Now we can all make our own version of Vince with Slap Chop! 
 
+Jason Bolger think about it does the app allow you to save or export if so then how do you think they're able to do that (USB storage) gps location lm no rocket scientists but ever thought about ads or idk maybe somewhere in the app it knows your in a certain location or it allows you to find others around yours. System log worries me and I guess it could be for debugging purposes if it crashes but still meh
 
I'd try it on my Galaxy Nexus, but I no longer use that phone since it is unable to have an uninterrupted two-way phone conversation... All I have are: Verizon (who at least admits there is a problem) pointing fingers at Google and Samsung; Samsung, who points fingers at Google; and ... nothing else since Google is silent about the whole thing... Certainly not a 'magical' situation for the many users having this issue...
 
+Paul Burke Thank you for raising this issue. It's great to have a forum where we can openly discuss :) The log data permission is being requested by the crash log reporter we're using, Acra (http://code.google.com/p/acra/). We are currently exploring options to tweak Acra so that it doesn't require those permissions, or else remove it completely. Acra was added in the hopes of providing a higher-quality experience for our users, and we truly did not mean to request permissions that would make anyone uncomfortable! I'll let you know as soon as we have found a resolution and have published an update to the app. We are also taking a second-look at all the permissions we're requesting, to see if there is any other permission-hog feature that is not absolutely necessary. Our goal is to provide a delightful experience to Android users, and we sincerely appreciate your feedback in helping us get there. Please let me know if you have any additional feedback, and stay tuned for an update from me on this issue soon.
 
Thanks for the response +Prerna Gupta, look forward to hearing an update! I assume the standard Google crash logging is somehow deficient for your needs?
 
+Prerna Gupta You can get a lot of good info (albeit without the detailed logs that cause permission problems) using bugsense.com. It gives a good summarisation of issues as well where as Acra can snow you with detail. I've no affiliation other than I've used it in the past.
+Jason Bolger The problem I had with google crash logging is that you get to know about so few events. I reckon I saw about 1-2% of the reports I got through bugsense/acra appear in google.
 
is there one that turns singing into speech?
 
crap, the one for iphone does much better
 
This is gonna be perfect when I put my resignation in. Can't wait.
 
Umm wow would be a nice app if it wasnt trying to steal info from my phone for no other reason than selling it to some shaddy service. Why would an audio program want log info? Such a shame sounds like an entertaining app
 
+Paul Burke +Margaret Leber +Jules Cisek +Kevin W. Wall +Jason Bolger +Anthony Garrett +Dave Smith +Bobby Sutton

Dear All - As promised, here is an update to the important issues you have raised regarding the permissions:

A new version of Songify is live on the Google Play store currently - version 1.0.1 - in which we have removed the permission requests for the following two permissions:

- FINE (GPS) LOCATION
- READ SENSITIVE LOG DATA

I'm also including a detailed explanation below of why we were requesting these permissions previously. Additionally, below are two of the non-obvious permissions we have left in for now, and explanations for why we require them currently. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns, and we will do our very best to address them promptly. Thank you all for your candid feedback. We sincerely appreciate it!

Permission: READ PHONE STATE AND IDENTITY
Reason: We use this to create a unique identifier for each device so we can keep track of the coin balance and songs each user has purchased and re-instate current purchases if he or she deletes the app and re-installs. We are currently evaluating other options for this to see if there is a way to offer the same functionality without requiring this.

Permission: MODIFY GLOBAL SYSTEM SETTINGS
We need this permission for the ringtone creation feature.

Permission: FINE (GPS) LOCATION (no longer used in 1.0.1)
Reason: We were using this permission for gathering general analytics data on patterns of usage of our app. The fine location data information was only being used to get aggregate data on the geographical distribution of our users, i.e. we were not tracking the precise whereabouts of individual users. However, the levels of detail provided by GPS location services is totally unnecessary for the kind of analytics we would find useful, so we have removed it and will only access coarse location information (also in aggregate).

READ SENSITIVE LOG DATA (no longer used in 1.0.1)
Reason: This permission was used as part of a crash reporting service which would send us a report if the app crashes. Specifically, this permission would allow the crash-reporter to retrieve a short excerpt of the system log just prior to the crash, and send that to us along with some other technical data which do not require any special permissions. This kind of information can be extremely helpful when tracking down the cause of a bug. However, this log can also contain other sensitive information; e.g. if another app is logging sensitive personal details just at the moment when a crash occurs, there is a chance that some of that could end up in our crash report. So, while these system logs would be very useful to us in debugging, we've removed this permission because of these concerns.
 
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Don't get me wrong, google is doing better than most in responding to user concerns. but is it really so hard to anticipate privacy concerns? all we as users know is that our data is the core of your business model. the rest is way too complex for the most of us to understand. complexity and insufficient insight is the whome to grow suspicion. software providers nowadays often behave like philantrophic, skinhead football fans approaching an old lady saying "gimme your bag". when she runs they follow her claiming they only wanted to help. she certainly will have a hard time to believe that. so do a lot of users. how can i believe a company cares for my privacy when they do not anticipate me to have a problem with them collecting my location data for no obvious reason?
 
+Prerna Gupta Good work on getting back to the group and addressing concerns. Not done often enough in this space. Kudos!
 
+Prerna Gupta Thanks for the update. I may give Songify a try now that the permissions more reasonable. And pardon me for being a bit snippy with my first comment and Ed Felten quote. It's just my day job is doing application security work so I have a shorter tolerance than perhaps I should when it comes to potential security and privacy issues.
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+Kevin W. Wall Awesome, hope you do give it a try. No worries at all about being snappy. Honest feedback is important to us :) Let me know if you do end up trying the app and have any other critiques or suggestions!
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