The developer behind the iPad app Loopy HD, a user-friendly loop station, must have been jumping for joy this week, after US talk show host Jimmy Fallon and superstar singer Billy Joel put their iPad app through its paces in front of millions of viewers on NBC’s The Tonight Show – and things couldn’t have gone better.
Fallon, a self-confessed tech junky, asked the Piano Man himself to accompany him in a rendition of Solomon Linda’s ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, and while the performance was obviously well rehearsed, it illustrated just how useful £2.49’s worth of software can be; in the right hands, of course.
Jimmy Fallon held his own during the short turn, but the star of the show was (obviously) the veteran singer and pianist, whose vocals – with the help of Loopy HD – resonated through the studio, sounding sharp and (almost) engineered. The performance was impressive enough that Apple CEO Tim Cook even chose to share it on his own Twitter feed; high praise indeed.
The app itself will undoubtedly enjoy a spike in sales now, after being highlighted in the most high profile way possible, and it’s fair to say that ‘A Tasty Pixel’, the studio behind Loopy HD, deserve the props. Most developers put blood, sweat and tears into their projects, and to see them pick up a little recognition along with some solid sales is a fair outcome.
Of course, not every project receives high-profile approval, but it’s nice to know that the potential for a little star-support is always there. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to try a four person reimagining of ‘Brick House’ by the Commodores, to see just how good this app really is.