The Best Karaoke Apps All Amateur Singers Must Have on their iPhone

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Turning and returning to some secret place inside while it’s raining men in New York, New York, where people are stranger when you’re alone, so I won’t hesitate no more, no more, it cannot wait, I’m yours. There are two kinds of people in the world: those who have tried karaoke and those who have not yet consumed the ideal volume of liquid courage during a night out to try karaoke. Whichever category you belong to, and whichever song you consider your go-to song you can sing straight from the depths of your soul, you’ll really appreciate the features these karaoke apps for iOS offer the next time you’ll hit the stage at a karaoke bar or at a party. Sing hallelujah!

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Smule’s Sing! Karaoke brings you your favorite karaoke hits including today’s freshest songs and performers and timeless singalong classics. Sing! has a huge community, which allows you to share your performances with a global audience exceeding 50 million amateur singers. The latter is a great way of amassing the amount of self-confidence you require to finally show off your singing skills in front of a live audience. Smule has a self-recording video option, audio effects ensuring that you’ll sound just like the star whose song you’re covering, a duet option with featured pop artists such as Jessie J, Jason Derulo, Kylie Minogue, X Ambassadors, OMI, Carly Rae Jensen, Charlie Puth, Silento, and many more.

Sing! Karaoke’s free version only has a handful of songs, but the app offers weekly, monthly, and annual premium subscription plans, with which you can get access to the entire song catalog, so unless you’re among the most avid karaoke fans in the world, you’ll be more than satisfied with the monthly, or even the weekly plan.

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With over 65 million users worldwide, Yokee’s Free Karaoke! is undoubtedly one of the best apps in its category, and now comes with a wholly redesigned and reimagined iOS 10 experience. Thanks to Free Karaoke!, you can select the song you’re itching to sing from an endless assortment of music videos. You can, of course, record your performance and share it with the whole wide world and also watch and listen to your friends’ performances and rate them. No matter how good you are, try not to be mean, they are your friends, after all!

Free Karaoke! stays true to its name as it provides access to an unlimited library of free songs and videos in any language. You can search this breathtakingly varied selection by artist, genre, or even theme, so when you feel like singing the blues but don’t really know any blues singers, all you need to do is search by genre, and you’ll be good to go in a second. Enhance your voice with special sound effects like Chorus and Radio, and enjoy the auto-enhance effects fine-tuning your voice, echo and just a touch of reverb. Just like Smule’s Sing! Karaoke, Yokee’s Karaoke also offers a subscription plan that gets you unlimited access to Yokee’s VIP Song Catalog.

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I’m as big a karaoke advocate as you can find, but even I recognize the limitations in the ancient art of destroying your favorite songs in a room full of strangers. Namely, that it takes a pretty good voice to sing some of today’s Top 40 hits convincingly. It’s hardly a fair fight, many pop musicians are having their own voices pitch-corrected as they sing, something that is rarely seen in a live karaoke setting.

Amazingly, StarMaker: Karaoke + Auto-Tune may have finally fixed this issue once and for all. As the name implies, StarMaker is not only a karaoke app, but an Auto-Tune app as well. Now when you record yourself singing “Call Me Maybe,” you can have the app Auto-Tune your vocals so you’ll sound pitch-perfect on every note. I’m happy to report that it works tremendously.

It makes the StarMaker catalogue a lot more appealing to those with limited vocal ability almost instantly. And there’s quite a catalogue to choose from here. While there are only a handful of totally free songs, StarMaker has over 500 tracks to choose from. They can be bought individually or all unlocked immediately for a subscription fee that ranges in price from $2.99 a week to $27.99 for six months of access. As an aside, subscriptions will auto-renew if they are not canceled at least a day before the renewal date.

As an added bonus to users who want to sing with a purpose, StarMaker has special sponsored contests that vocalists can enter to see how they match up against the rest of world. The prizes for winning are usually more in-game cash to spend on songs rather than actual, tangible gifts, but getting on top of a leaderboard for a huge karaoke app should be prize enough, right?

It’s hard not to be impressed with StarMaker. It does nearly everything right when it comes to karaoke, from doing a great job of picking up the singer’s vocals to the inclusion of Auto-Tune to the fun contests. If you’re dying to sing and want to share your tracks with your friends, StarMaker is a must-own app.

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Sing Me Something is one of those brilliantly simple ideas that makes you wonder why it took so long to actually happen. It’s like a karaoke version of Draw Something. You and other players around the world record 20 second clips of yourselves singing a specific song, and the other player has to guess your song and the artist behind it. You can only guess a limited number of incorrect letters for each, but you can use the in-game coins to buy hints and other such familiar power-ups.

Much like Draw Something, it is easy as pie to cheat in this game if you hate fun or just don’t want to lose your streak. Unfortunately, and strangely enough, I had no trouble finding opponents to play, but very rarely did they actually take their turn. People just don’t seem as into this game as others, which is understandable. For some reason, people seem far more embarrassed about their bad singing skills than their bad art skills. Luckily, you can link your account to your Facebook profile and avoid such things.

This app isn’t perfect, of course. The interface could use some work, and I would love some features to block out certain genres of music from the song selection. When my options are Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, and Christina Aguilera (again), it makes me sad inside. The developers have already stated their intention to implement such features in future updates, and they can’t come soon enough. This game has massive potential, but more of you people need to download it and grow the community before it can really reach it. Don’t worry. There’s a free version that you should try out before the paid version anyway. It could be better, but I still highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys singing.

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