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The Onion's Fake 'PicSong' App is Pitch-Perfect

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After the hype machine double-whammy of SXSW and the official TED Talks conference, a bit of a palate cleanser seems in order. This video from parody news site The Onion nails the trumped-up apps that seem to be making waves daily in Silicon Valley.

Thomas Fisk, the fictional creator of the fictional PicSong app, explains, in characteristic pitch fashion, a problem you didn't know you ever had: "When we thought about photography, we realized one thing: humans are limited to looking at photos ... with our eyes."

After that, of course, comes the solution they've come up with: "So we made an app: PicSong, the first program that turns your photos into music if you want to do that for some reason."

It's a solid sendup of the weird, mostly useless apps that, let's be honest, many of us have given a try. And the saddest part is this: Somewhere, someone was probably thinking about making this app for real.

More of the "Onion Talks" series can be found at the site's YouTube channel.

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