Fender Launches New Fender Songs App

Fender Songs - developed in tandem with Apple Music - lets players learn over 750,000 songs on demand.
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Fender has launched its latest app, Fender Songs.

Building off the guitar giant's last lesson-oriented app, Fender Play, Fender Songs is a collaboration with Apple Music, and lets players practice and play along to millions of songs on the guitar.

“We’re excited to expand our digital products offering with Fender Songs," said Ethan Kaplan, general manager of Fender Digital, in a statement. "Songs will allow our players to access practically any song they want and provide quick and easy-to-learn chords they can practice directly on the app."

In essence, Fender Songs is a three-pronged app that allows users to practice along to their favorite tunes with auto-generated chord charts, lyrics and audio; play along to songs with real-time scrolling chords and lyrics, or perform them - with the scrolling chords and lyrics - while recording and saving their performances for later reference. 

The app's core relies on a chord detection algorithm which utilizes digital signal processing techniques and music theory to detect the chords of any song in Fender's music library in a matter of seconds.

In a press release, Fender noted that it had reached deals with major music publishers such as Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Kobalt and BMG to ensure that artists and songwriters are compensated for the use of chords on the app.

The Fender Songs app is available now for $4.99 per month or a 12-month subscription for $41.99 per year exclusively on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch in the United States. Fender also says that a release date for the iPad version of Fender Songs is coming soon.

An Apple Music subscription is required in order for the app to work.

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