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Rosetta Stone launches TOTALe Mobile Companion for iPad

About one month after language learning community busuu launched its iPad app, Rosetta Stone entered the App Store with its version and slowly but surely people begin to notice that Rosetta Stone is not all about CDs anymore.

The launch of the Rosetta Stone TOTALe Mobile Companion HD (nice product title) even gave the company some nice coverage on various tech blogs including Gizmodo, CrunchGear, ZDNet and PC Magazine.

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All in all, the reviews for the app are rather positive although the pricing from $179 to $479, depending on the language you want to learn and the levels you want to cover, is still somewhat an issue, especially compared to competitors like Livemocha, busuu and Babbel which offer premium content starting at a few Dollars per month.

Here are some resumes from the different articles about the app.

In my opinion, the content of the app is its biggest selling point. In the few minutes I played with the app, I truly enjoyed learning a little bit of French. And this is coming from an eight-year Spanish student, who hated just about every minute of it. The app itself is nothing extra special. – Jordan Crook, CrunchGear

All in all, if you’re looking to learn a language, Rosetta Stone’s got a pretty good track record. And the developers of this app believe the tablet is the perfect device for their software because touch is what makes the experience more personal and easier to remember. – Max Behrman, Gizmodo

Nevertheless, the facility with which this software functions on a tablet device — especially with voice recognition, quickly becoming a major input method for mobile devices — makes me forget about the laptop version entirely. It’s exciting to see software find a natural home like this. – Andrew Nusca, ZDNet

The iPad, with its multitouch input capability and gesture-controlled touchscreen, is an extremely attractive platform for Rosetta Stone, because its language programs cater to people who learn best in a blended, interactive, and self-paced environment. – Jill Duffy, PC Magazine

Apparently the iPad has the potential to stand up to the hopes that it could become a, if not the, perfect teaching and learning device.

Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at KirstenWinkler.com and the future of learning at Disrupt Education. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or Google+