La-la is a musical messaging app that lets you chat with song snippets


So long as we live in a world where WhatsApp can be bought for $19 billion and even an ultra-simple novelty app like Yo manages to scrape together $1 million in venture funding, people are going to go right on creating messaging apps.

One of the latest is La-La Messenger, which promises users the possibility of conducting entire conversations out of song snippets. A greeting, for instance, might be “Hello” by Lionel Richie, while “the world is a dark place if this is the future of communication” could be Sean Paul’s “Gimme the Light.”

The user simply selects the song snippet (a number of licensed tracks are available in the app), chooses their friend, and then hits “send” — either using the app, or sending the message by SMS. Don’t worry if you can’t find the song you’re looking for, either: the app also lets you scan through YouTube videos to clip the selection you want.

What follows is presumably a slightly stilted chat in which both of you try to rack your brains for a song which contains the kind of everyday message you might actually want to send (i.e. “Meet for a coffee at lunch?” or “I’m running ten minutes late.”)

While it’s easy to poke fun at the idea, the surprising success of Yo shows that there could well be an audience out there for La-La Messenger. It definitely sounds like it could have the potential for fun in the right circumstances.

The app is available for free download from the App Store for all iOS devices running iOS 7.0 and above.

  • Iain

    Great idea for an app. Very creative.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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