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StarMaker: Karaoke + AutoTune Review

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Pros

  • Can record and share videos
  • Includes game/competition elements
  • AutoTune effect
  • Hundreds of songs available

Cons

  • Android version is buggy
  • New songs are costly
Our Analysis
Specs

Setup and use

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."

Durability

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.

Our Sources

Ben Markton, May 12, 2013

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.

Nathan Meunier, Aug. 28, 2012

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."

Laura Marie Myers, Feb. 10, 2013

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.

Contributors to Google Play, As of March 2014

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.

Contributors to iTunes, 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.

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