I’ve been playing a lot with my new favorite iPhone app… Glee Karaoke, by smule. I’ve never done real karaoke before, but I am a huge Glee fan, and I can carry a tune. So I decided to give the app a try.
It is so much fun! I am not a great singer. I have been in school and church choirs, but never a superstar, and I’ve always been shy about singing in front of people. However, this app is so addictive, it makes me willing to share my embarrassing karaoke performances in order to progress and level up. Here’s one, if you’re curious: No Air.
The app features a growing library of downloadable tracks from Glee (most are $0.99 each). Once you choose, purchase, and download your song, you’re ready to perform! Start up the track, follow the highlighted words and pitch lines, and see how well you’re doing by watching the starbursts light up the screen. Complete achievements and share your songs (broadcast on the smule site and/or share via e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook) to earn points and level up.
To help those of us who aren’t ready for primetime, the app features auto-tune (pitch correction, if your voice is a little off-key) and auto-harmony (to make your one voice sound like trio Destiny’s Child). Of course, if you’re already a singing sensation, you can turn off those features and just go solo. The app even lets you sing along with your iTunes songs, or make up your own a cappella arrangements.
Overall, the Glee Karaoke app is very enjoyable. It’s well-executed and fun to use. The only thing I don’t like about it is the cost of the song tracks. Most die-hard Gleeks, like me, have already paid to download the songs from the TV soundtrack for $1.29 each. And the app makes us pay another $0.99 per karaoke song. This can get expensive! Come on! Give us a discount or something!
Still, if you’re a Glee fan, this app might just get you to “come out of the shower” as a singer. Take a chance and put yourself in the spotlight. Even if you’re shy, it’s too fun not to try. Break a leg! 🙂