Glee Karaoke

App review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Fun app lets Gleeks sing with perfect pitch; privacy iffy.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn pitch, rhythm, and song lyrics while performing karaoke Glee-style. The pitch evaluation is quite forgiving, so kids may not actually improve their pitch, but those new to music may become more aware of pitch and how they sound. Though the app is free, each song costs a dollar or two to download, which can add up very quickly for a music lover. The app also offers pop-up tips to help singers improve their craft. Music fans will enjoy the app and may learn a few music basics, but Glee Karaoke is geared more to fun and social interaction than deep learning.

Ease of Play

As long as kids are familiar with the songs, it's a cinch for them to sing along. The app provides lyrics and a vocal guideline for singers to follow, and even applies pitch correction if needed. The app's navigation isn't always intuitive.


The songs kids can listen to (or purchase to sing along with) don't tend to have particularly violent content, but it's possible that a singer will ad lib violent lyrics or include comments with references to violence.


Some of the additionally purchased songs contain suggestive lyrics. Kids can listen to other performances of these songs, even if they don't purchase the songs themselves.


Some of the additionally purchased songs contain iffy language. Kids can listen to other performances of these songs, even if they don't purchase the songs themselves. And even though the versions the app's versions of the songs don't have anything much iffier than "hell" or "damn," during our review, we heard uses of "f--k" and the "N" word. Listeners can flag performances and comments to report abuse.


Tied into the Glee TV show. The app comes with two free songs, and additional songs must be purchased for $1 or $2 each. Kids are encouraged to collect tokens to use toward buying songs; they earn tokens by leveling up, winning contests, or interacting with ads and offers. For example, kids can earn two tokens for watching a video ad for a poker app.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some song lyrics include reference to drinking.

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.


User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMichael H. February 20, 2018


13+? I say 8+
Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck July 25, 2010

Fun app is much safer than the show

Violence: None
Sex: In some lyrics but they are tame
Language: H-ll and d-mn are used in one song

It uses facebook and you can invite your friends, you also ge... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Talk with your kid and define parameters for safe social networking before they play this app.

  • Discuss auto-tune and how some professional singers use it. Ask for your kids' thoughts on the practice.

  • Have some fun and sing a song or two!

App details

  • 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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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