Doing karaoke at home doesn't mean you have to buy SingStar or spend lots of money. If you've got a Mac, you can turn it into a karaoke machine. Although there is a definite lack of decent karaoke apps on Mac, here's a selection of some of the better ones!
A SingStar-style app without the SingStar style price tag? SingSong Karaoke might not be as powerful but it is more fun by allowing you to measure your voice against the original artist of tracks. The app is a fun karaoke game that claims to allow you to sing to any song in the world and SingSong will rate you based on how well you sing.
In contrast to more complicated programs like kJams, TunePrompter makes creating your own Karaoke videos an absolute cinch. Best of all, its absolutely free and a pleasure to use. It is supposed to be designed for use with Griffin Technologies iKaraoke hardware which unfortunately, is discontinued. However, there's absolutely nothing to stop you creating your videos, exporting them to iPod, iPhone, QuickTime or AppleTV format.
MidiCo Karaoke Player and Maker
This app organizes and plays many types of media files, including MDC (MidiCo File Format), KAR, MID, MP3, CDG and Zipped MP3+G. It displays karaoke and movie content in full screen mode, even on a second monitor. Karaoke Maker MidiCo is designed to be as easy-to-use as possible; you may syncronize, re-syncronize or modify synced lyrics in few minutes.
QMidi can organize and play many types of media files, including movies and CDG, and allows easy text and chords editing/synchronization. It features real time pitch shifting, time stretching and the ability to display karaoke and movie content in full screen mode, even on a second monitor.
Aria is a slick-looking, new generation karaoke app. It's not just a karaoke app though - it's actually DJ software, media player and karaoke machine all in one. The app claims to have a huge library of classics and pop hits to choose from, and if you need a little help hitting the notes, Aria lets you change the key of the song to accommodate your vocal range.
If you're having a karaoke party at home, your Mac is a great place to start. It's easy to read lyrics on screen, and you can take easy advantage of your music library via iTunes. Download these apps, call your friends over, and sing your hearts out. We think you're going to have a lot of fun!
If you like making music on iOS, check out some of the best iPad apps for the job
This article was originally published in January 2010. It has been updated to remove apps that are no longer available.