Smule may be only 5 years old, but the California development firm started in part by Jeff Smith and Stanford Assistant Professor Dr. Ge Wang has had an amazing impact on the world. The company shared some stats with Evolver.fm that are incredible — Smule’s apps have been downloaded over 100 million times, are used by 15 million people a month and that audience has recorded over 1 billion songs.
Sure, those songs may be amateur auto-tuned, auto-rapped or karaoke trash, but the statistics — and Smule’s bottom line — prove that the company is on to something. While such venerable music gaming titles as Rock Band and Guitar Hero have seen better days, Smule’s apps are all about actually making music, and that seems to make a difference to app consumers.
Smule pulled in US$12.6 million in revenues last year, and is expected to reach the $20 million mark in 2013. The latest addition to the Smule stable is Guitar! (free), a music game released yesterday in which users play along with recordings of popular songs to gain points and where practicing opens the door to new levels and songs.