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StarMaker: Karaoke + AutoTune Review

Bottom Line

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.

Features

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.

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