Software for Both Solos and Sing-Alongs

March 8, 2012 12:00 am

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More serious singers with Android phones have no options like VoiceJam or VocaLive, but Vocal Ease, a vocal training tool produced by the singer Arnold McCuller, is useful.

Mr. McCuller and Rosemary Butler, another vocalist, demonstrate warm-up exercises and interval training techniques, and a pitch pipe is also available.

Such exercises might come in handy for Android users who go the karaoke route. Android Karaoke -- Sing-Along and Karaoke Anywhere are two of the more popular and highly rated apps of this kind on the Android platform.

Karaoke Anywhere offers scrolling lyrics and backing tracks for 50 barroom standards like "American Pie" and "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," and "Copacabana," with another 13,000 available with a $10 monthly subscription.

Android Karaoke is more generous, with 800 free songs from popular musicians. But users must register, and the app shuttles you to YouTube for the songs and lyrics, which leads to some shoddy karaoke fare, including some tracks that stop in midsong.

Still, you can find songs more easily through the app's index than you might by typing searches into the device's YouTube app. That's helpful -- especially if your blood alcohol content is slightly elevated as you approach your next karaoke venture.

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First Published 2012-03-07 23:01:23

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