StarMaker: Karaoke + AutoTune is a free karaoke app available for both iOS and Android, though the iOS version appears to work better. It combines singing with game-playing elements, letting you earn points for hitting the right notes. You can also AutoTune your performance, record it and share it through social media. The StarMaker music catalogue includes hundreds of songs, but you must either pay or earn in-game credits to access them.
Record, share and compete. StarMaker: Karaoke + AutoTune is like three apps in one. On one level, it's a game in which you earn points by singing a song correctly (which you can then cash in for access to new songs). On another, it's a karaoke machine complete with guide vocals (to learn the song), backing vocals and scrolling lyrics. Finally, it's a portable recording studio in which you can use AutoTune to make your voice sound produced, record your performances and share them through social media. In addition to posting recordings on your own page, you can share them with the StarMaker online community and compete to win votes.
Works best on iOS. Ben Markton of Download.com describes the interface for the iOS version of this app as "smooth and user-friendly." Other iOS users appear to agree, as the app earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 at the iTunes store. However, Android users are less satisfied; in thousands of reviews, the app earns only 3.8 stars out of 5. While many individual reviews are short or unclear, it appears that the Android version has some bugs that prevent it from recording smoothly. Many users complain of lagging, and others describe the playback as "disjointed."
Must pay to play. The StarMaker karaoke song catalogue includes hundreds of titles, including hits from popular artists like Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars and the cast of "Glee." However, while the app itself is free to download, song tracks must be purchased with in-app credits. There are a few older songs available for 50 to 70 credits, but new and popular ones generally cost anywhere from 100 to 250. You start with 70 credits -- barely enough for one song -- and can earn more by playing the game successfully, by watching videos or by signing up for a subscription, which will cost anywhere from $2 for one week to $25 for six months.
StarMaker: Karaoke + AutoTune is the only karaoke app reviewed at Download.com, a CNET site. Ben Markton gives it 4 stars out of 5, calling it "a robust, feature-filled app that is a lot of fun." His biggest complaint is that access to new song tracks is expensive.
Review: StarMaker Karaoke with Auto-Tune, Ben Markton, May 12, 2013
Nathan Meunier of MacLife magazine lists StarMaker: Karaoke + AutoTune as one of his eight favorite karaoke apps for iOS. He says the game aspect of the app is a "fun twist," but his favorite part is "listening to played back recordings of my badly auto-tuned voice."
Review: 8 iOS Apps for Karaoke Lovers, Nathan Meunier, Aug. 28, 2012
Laura Myers of GeekSugar.com (the tech-oriented subsection of the popular-culture blog PopSugar.com) names StarMaker: Karaoke + AutoTune as one of the seven top karaoke apps. She notes that it includes over 500 songs, but doesn't explain that you must pay extra to access them.
Review: Rock Out with These Cool Karaoke Apps, Laura Marie Myers, Feb. 10, 2013
4. Google Play
Over 2,500 users have reviewed StarMaker: Karaoke + AutoTune at Google Play, giving it an overall rating of 3.8 stars out of 5. Most of the reviews are too short or too cryptic to be useful, but we gather that the Android version of the app is buggy.
Review: StarMaker: Karaoke + Auto-Tune, Contributors to Google Play, As of March 2014
Reviews for StarMaker: Karaoke + AutoTune at Apple's iTunes store are much more positive than those on Google Play. The current version earns 4.5 stars out of 5 overall from roughly 75 users; earlier versions receive a similar rating after more than 23,000 reviews.
Review: StarMaker: Karaoke + Auto-Tune, Contributors to iTunes, As of March 2014