Spotlite - Sing Freely

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Slick video maker makes teens karaoke stars for real money.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Super easy; two taps to choose a song and record. 


Some original songs or songs in the karaoke library have sexual content. 


Some original songs or songs in the karaoke library have swearing. 


Contests reward performers with currency that can be exchanged for real cash money; "gift" icons and superfan status must be bought.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some original songs or songs in the karaoke library could have questionable lyrics. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spotlite – Sing Freely is a freemium app that lets users create original or karaoke videos and share them through social media. Users can compete in online contests for best performance and win currency worth real-world money. They can also "gift" other users with icons that can be bought in an in-app shop or pay to obtain "superfan" status. Cash gifts and prizes are distributed through PayPal; you must be 18 to have a PayPal account. Users can't directly message one another but can follow each other's profiles and comment on performances. Profiles contain photos and locations. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

What's it about?

SPOTLITE - SING FREELY is a simple app that lets you experience the joy (and horror) of karaoke within the comfort of your own home. A good-sized song library lets you pick from the latest hits in all genres and record yourself singing along to them. Creative types can take things a step further and record themselves performing their own original compositions. Users can browse performances, watch, and comment on them. They can also "gift" performers cute little icons or vote for them in various singing contests. Ambitious performers can build their audience while earning real-world cash, which is paid up to $500 a day via PayPal.

Is it any good?

One simple download and you're in for a wide range of talent, from totally amazing to downright groan-worthy, but the potentially iffy songs, open comments, and real money make it best for teens. It's definitely fun to tap randomly on various videos and see those souls brave enough to belt out their favorite songs at the risk of public ridicule. Of course, if you yourself are a closet rock star, now's your chance. Pick a song from the sizable library of country, pop, jazz, R&B, rock, and any other genre music you can think of, and go to town! Both performing live and making videos is super easy and fun. Of course, if you (or your kids) are sensitive, keep in mind that there's always the possibility of less-than-kind feedback. If things get out of hand, the app does allow you to block and report abusive users, but parents be warned: There are no other safety controls. Related to that, the terms of use prohibit "inappropriate content," but it remains to be seen how carefully user-created content is monitored. All in all, Spotlite – Sing Freely is an entertaining little app best suited to older kids who understand what it means to make and share online videos. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which songs are age-appropriate for kids to perform. What makes a song "too mature" for a young singer? Which songs on Spotlite - Sing Freely are OK to perform?

  • Discuss the difference between contests that reward talent versus those that reward popularity. Is there a difference? 

  • Think about what motivates you to spend real money to support a person or cause. What makes that person or cause deserving of your support? 

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For kids who love music and social media

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