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The 10 Best Karaoke Apps

It’s great to let loose occasionally, and what better way than by singing along to a few of your favorite songs? Happily, these days, technology has come so far that it’s easy to build your own karaoke setup with a great choice of songs, and sound quality to go with it.

Phone apps are a cheap and easy way to get a professional-sounding system into your home. There are plenty of choices. But, to help you narrow down the search, I’ve selected just eight of the very best karaoke apps currently available.

So, let’s get straight to it and take a look at the first app. 

Best Karaoke Apps

The 10 Best Karaoke Apps

The Voice

The Voice

Most of you will have heard of the hit TV series “The Voice.” For those of you who haven’t, it’s another talent show contest. 

The unique selling point is that the judges cannot see the singers and have to decide if they want them to progress only on the quality of their voices rather than by their visual appearances.

Now let’s look at the app…

At first glance, all looks relatively good. You can download it on Apple or Android. It’s got a free version, and there are over a million songs to choose from, which is one of the largest song selections of any karaoke app

So far, so good…

Other positives include the fact that there is a widespread connected social community. Additionally, the app has a great selection of effects for both your voice and visuals. What’s more, the best part is there are no ads.

So, what’s so bad?

Firstly, the free apps give you a paltry choice of songs. Secondly, the software is a little buggy, and the songs don’t always download as they should. Thirdly, the mixing can leave your voice sounding quiet and underwhelming. 

Plus, if you do opt for the free option, you can’t make use of the community or post your songs. It’s not a bad app; it’s just that for the money, I think it should be better.

KaraFun

KaraFun

Karafun has a good selection of subscriptions available, and frankly, you’re going to need them. The app offers a free service, but in reality, this is worse than useless. That’s because you cannot use it for more than thirty seconds of a song. 

The only thing I can see the free version being useful for is just for trying out the app to see if you like the features and interface. Probably why you only get the thirty seconds.

More positively… 

All the paid-for versions will unlock a good catalog of 50,000 high-quality songs. You also get reliable and easy-to-use software. Plus, the app can sync the songs for the times you’re offline. I also like the queue management system that lets you add the singer’s name to a list. 

However, my favorite thing is the ability to alter the tempo and key. The latter is especially useful because it brings pretty much every song within most people’s capability.

There is not much to dislike about this app, and it consistently scores high marks for customer satisfaction. The only real issues are that it’s one of the more expensive apps, and you’ll need a paid-for subscription to enjoy any proper use of it.

Karaoke Anywhere

Karaoke Anywhere

This can be downloaded for use on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. It’s got some cool features, including being able to record and share your songs. You can also get involved in the wider Karaoke Anywhere community. Plus, you get a handy Facebook login option.

Is there a free version?

Yes, there is, though quite honestly, it’s worse than useless. You get just two songs to choose from. If you want to sing Amazing Grace and Yankee Doodle all day, then, by all means, fill your boots. That would be one hell of a party, and I’d love to see the video.

The paid-for option gives you a choice of over 40,000 songs which sounds pretty good, but the selection could be better. More positively, you can download your songs, and the menu is easy to navigate. 

However, the software can be a little glitchy, which can make the app a nuisance to use at times. It’s not a bad app, but the monthly premium is too high. It would be a much better proposition for around half the price. Also, a weekend pass, for a reduced fee, would be a nice additional option.

Singa

Singa

Next on my list of the best karaoke apps is Singa. And there’s a lot to like. For starters, it’s easy to set up with your Smart TV. This can be done in seconds. So, once you’ve done that and plugged in your microphone, you’re ready for the full karaoke experience in no time.

The interface and software are excellent, so you shouldn’t have any issues navigating the menu. Even better, you can alter the pitch and tempo of any song. Plus, you can easily store and share whatever you’ve recorded. 

I also like that whilst people are singing; you can add songs and organize the queue via a separate screen or window. But what I like most of all is the fact that you get a great choice of 80,000 studio-quality songs, meaning it is one of the best song selection karaoke apps on the market.

Although Singa is not the cheapest… 

I believe that the quality justifies the cost, unlike some other paid-for karaoke apps. It is also good that Singa offers a few different subscription options. Including a two-day pass and a much cheaper yearly subscription for those that love it and want to use it regularly.

I also like the free-to-use model that gives you the same functionality as the subscription-based app. Though admittedly, it restricts you to singing just three songs a day. 

It’s not perfect, but it does allow you to give it a good try over a reasonable choice of songs before deciding to part with your hard-earned cash. It is a great app, and easy to see why it’s a popular karaoke app for businesses such as bars and hotels.

Smule 

Smule 

It has plenty of features, which is nice, but if it’s worth the high subscription cost is another matter.

Let’s see what it has to offer…

Firstly, it’s one of the oldest platforms and apps. As such, it’s got a higher user base, currently over 50 million, which means a big community. Since the app is socially connected, it translates to lots of singing Smule buddies around the world.

If you connect with other people on the Smule Sing network and you’re not connected to your Smart TV or speakers, I’d recommend using an existing set of headphones with a built-in microphone. 

If you already have earbuds, they will do fine. Although, a set of over-ear headphones may be worth investing in for a more immersive and superior sound.

Smule has a great selection of songs… 

Over two million, but not surprisingly, that’s only reserved for the paid-for option. The free version gives a pretty limited choice, with an emphasis on duets, together with a stack of adverts.

More positively, during the set up, it’s easy to input your genre preferences which will help you to browse for more appropriate and tailored music. Plus, the whole interface is intuitive, and things like recording and sharing are made simple.

Other than the price, the only negatives are that after you’ve recorded a song, the audio can be slightly behind the words. Additionally, it can be buggy, though nowhere near the same extent as some of the other options we’ve looked at.

SingSnap

SingSnap

SingSnap can be used on your Apple or Android device. Alternatively, it can be used as a desktop application which can be pretty useful. Your subscription covers both options if you go for the subscription-based option.

It provides a good selection of high-quality songs with a choice of tens of thousands at your disposal. The menu is nicely configured, and saving your songs is as easy as it is choosing them. As a result, it is one of the most versatile karaoke apps.

Nice features include pitch control and also some audio-enhancement technology to polish and get the most out of your performance. Happily, the finished product is then easy to share on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

SingSnap is very community-based… 

Although, active users are not as high as Smule. Nevertheless, you’ll still have plenty of people to sing and chat with. Additionally, you can still record and share songs with the free version, though, as with most of these apps, the choice is pretty limited. 

You should also note that you can only save a paltry three songs on the free app at any one time. Monthly subscription costs are high, though if you pay annually, the cost is almost half. Finally, like a lot of karaoke apps, they have had software issues, but most of these seem to be in the past.

Baby Karaoke

Baby Karaoke

Kids love to sing! The fact is that in school, children seem to spend half their lives singing. And for good reason. It’s a great way to learn and also a lovely part of childhood. It’s a shame that we seem to lose this love of singing as we get older, more reserved, and more self-conscious.

Since singing is often so central to kids’ lives, it kind of makes sense for them to have a dedicated karaoke app for kids. After all, there are plenty of dedicated kids’ channels, usually playing cartoons, so why not?

Enter Baby Karaoke to nicely fill this void…

The app is primarily aimed at very young kids around two years or younger. It features animated cartoons to pair with the lyrics, a handy feature for mum and dad since it’s you who will be reading the words.

One of the big positives is that Baby Karaoke is the only fully free karaoke app on the list. However, that does mean that the features are not as comprehensive as the others I’ve reviewed. This includes a rather unfortunate lack of songs.

The choice is quite limited… 

Although, you can, to some extent, mitigate this by using the desktop version. Another issue is that there’s no social sharing element, though in some ways, for obvious reasons, that may be a positive. One last negative is that some of the songs are too quick, and there is no way to alter the tempo.

Baby Karaoke is far from perfect, but it can be a nice, fun entertainment and learning tool for your little ones. One final word is that depending on your set-up, it might be worth investing in a small pair of active Bluetooth speakers or a soundbar. 

You could even buy a kid’s microphone with flashing lights to brighten things up. Earbuds and over-ear headphones will obviously be a no-no.

StarMaker

StarMaker

It’s available as a download for both Apple and Android devices. If you do decide to use it, you’ll be in good company. 

That is because there are over 50 million active users, which makes a huge pool of potential new singing buddies. The platform is designed around sociable connectivity and does a good job of integrating the social aspect onto the app.

The app has a good choice of songs… 

Although, there is a difference between the free and subscription model. However, one of the great things about StarMaker is that the pricing structure makes it one of the most inexpensive karaoke apps on my list. 

This undoubtedly makes it one of the best apps for karaoke if you’re looking to keep down costs.

And, while the price is low… 

The functionality and features are not. It’s got an easy-to-use menu that is highly intuitive. Additionally, there is a range of editing and voice editing options. Even better, and not commonly seen, it has a built-in autotune facility.

It’s a great value-for-money karaoke app that also receives a lot of love from users. It has a high ranking amongst both Apple and Android users. Plus, there are no reports of widespread software glitches that appear more common on some of the other apps. This all makes it my top choice.

Planning an Awesome Karaoke Night?

If so, take a look at our handy articles on How to Get Karaoke Songs for FreeEverything You Need For A Karaoke SetupThe Best Karaoke Apps For Smart TVHow to Set Up Karaoke on PlayStation, and the Best Karaoke Games for more information and ideas.

Best Karaoke Apps – Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. It’s great fun singing with or without friends, and it’s cool that there’s such a large number of apps to currently choose from. So, hopefully, whatever your needs or budget, there will be at least one app on the list for you.

I’d be happy to use any of them, other than Baby Karaoke, but I think my pick of the best karaoke app is StarMaker, which was my final selection. I like StarMaker because it’s got a good social aspect and plenty of functionality, including autotune, and the price is frankly great too.

Until next time, happy singing.

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