The best karaoke apps for connecting with friends
Christine Ottoni • May 24, 2017if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?>
We’ve rounded up three of the best karaoke apps around. Take your favorite power ballads on the go, sing duets and group tracks and connect with other karoke lovers around the world.
The best karaoke apps have free and paid versions, so try a few out and see what interface and experience you prefer. Work on perfecting your pitch, gain followers and unlock coveted songs with Yokee, StarMaker and Smule.
Karaoke Sing & Record by Yokee
Yokee’s app integrates with YouTube, scouring the massive streaming catalog for the best and hottest karaoke around.
To get started with Yokee, just grab the free app in Apple App Store or Google Play, log in and select the type of music you like to sing. Yokee builds your songbook according to your preferences and matches you to your first song right away. You can add audio effects like echo and record, re-record yourself and listen to your friends’ performances.
Browse the songbook by genre or search for a specific track. As Yokee integrates with YouTube, it gives users the most in terms of free music access. You can share or save your performance on Yokee and navigate through a feed of other performers. If you’re looking for inspiration, the Rising Stars stream showcases popular users doing impressive renditions of karaoke classics and top 40 hits.
With the VIP version you get unlimited access to VIP songs, unlimited saves, shares and listens to your performances. It’s totally ad-free and you can access your Yokee account from multiple devices.
With StarMaker Karaoke, you can sing with others, record your performances and share your best tracks right from your phone. StarMaker is set up to showcase talented singers and popular users with its highly social interface.
You can download the free version of StarMaker on Apple App Store or Google Play. One you log in you can search for a song and sing it solo or set up a collaboration. You can also contribute to a collaboration another user has already created. The app gives you singing tips and vocal guidance along the way. You can use effects like auto-tune and edit recordings with pitch correction.
StarMaker has a pretty impressive music selection on the free version and is regularly updated with hits. The more you sing the more the app learns what you like and can recommend songs based on your taste.
With a paid subscription you get unlimited access to new weekly releases and a premium song catalog. A one-week subscription is $2.99, a one-month subscription is $6.99 and a six-month subscription is $27.99.
Sing! Karaoke by Smule
Like StarMaker, Sing! Karaoke by Smule builds off of a highly social karaoke experience.
Grab the free version on the Apple App Store or Google Play, open it up and log in with your phone number. You start by selecting the genres you like and Smule gives you one welcome gift song based on your choices.
After that, any solo singing is restricted to all access users. This free version of the app is great if you’re looking to connect and sing with friends. You can join collaborations with friends and discover popular users and recordings. Sing! also offers audio effects, voice enhancements and filters.
With the unlimited access, users can sing over 500,000 songs solo, including VIP songs and weekly new releases. Sing! runs on the pricier end, with memberships starting at $10.49 for a week, $26.49 for a month and $129.99 for a year.
While it’s not a traditional karaoke app, we love Voloco for its simple, easy going interface and no-nonsense approach to singing along.
With Voloco, you just upload a song from your music library. Voloco guesses the key the song is in and pitches your voice accordingly. You can record and share your track to social media.
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