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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Glee Karaoke was created to let fans of the Glee TV show sing along with songs from the show. The app presents some privacy concerns parents should be aware of. For example, kids' profiles can include a username, general location on the map, and a photo if they log in through Facebook. Once they log in through Facebook there's no easy way to disconnect and remove your photo. Singers can share their performances with app users around the world, receive comments (which are sometimes critical), leave comments for others, and share their general location. The songs available through the app may have some suggestive themes, but it's users' performances where kids may encounter more serious issue with language.
What's it about?
GLEE KARAOKE is a social-networking driven karaoke game inspired by the TV show. Kids can buy songs to sing along with the written lyrics or they can sing along, for free without lyrics, to songs in their iTunes library. Kids also have the choice of joining in with a song sung by others around the world. Kids earn stars by singing the right pitch in the songs, and they can choose to have their voice auto-tuned to help them sound like they are singing the right notes.
Is it any good?
Glee Karaoke lets fans share their love of the Glee TV show with other "gleeks" from around the world. Users can make recordings of themselves singing songs from the show to background music and scrolling lyrics, then upload them to Facebook. The neatest feature, though, the ability to broadcast singing sessions in real-time so that other fans from around the world can listen and even join in. The app comes with one free song, and additional songs must be purchased.
Glee Karaoke is a lot of fun, but the issues with privacy, consumerism, and iffy user content make it an app for teens or older.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others
Arts: music, singing
- Skills: Tech Skills: social media, using and applying technology
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 4, 2010
- Category: Music
- Size: 11.30 MB
- Publisher: Smule
- Version: 1.0.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0.1 or later