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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!

SingSong KaraokeSingSong Karaoke

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.

Dowbload SingSong Karaoke for Mac

TunePrompterTunePrompter

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.

Download TunePrompter for Mac

MidiCo Karaoke Player and MakerMidiCo 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.

Download MidiCo Karaoke Player and Maker for Mac

QMidiQMidi

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.

Download QMidi for Mac

AriaAria

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.

Download Aria for Mac

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.

Commented

  • Professional Karaoke Software |
    13/02/10
    Professional Karaoke Software

    [...] Karaoke Software Top 5 karaoke software for Macs OnSoftware More infos are available here: Top 5 karaoke software for Macs [...]

  • Samuel |
    25/05/10
    Samuel

    does any of the above stated apps have the ability to change the pitch of the songs played?

  • Dave |
    17/03/11
    Dave

    Top 5, I see only 3.

    Why haven't you included Qmidi, I have tried all of the others and found it to be the best

  • JOE B |
    23/03/11
    JOE B

    ALL OF THESE SUGGESTIONS DO NOT WORK GO ELSEWHERE......LOL

  • Rev. B. |
    20/06/11
    Rev. B.

    I've used kJams for about a year, it works fine, and has a layout close to itunes.... but you have to pay if you want the option to do a playlist or apparently burn (most Macs do not have CD+G capable drives, so that doesn't matter to me)

  • dmitry.gaponenko |
    23/03/13
    dmitry.gaponenko

    Try the KaraokeTube from App Store (only for mac). This app have big library with songs, about 7000 songs on different languages, see on karaoketubeapp.com

  • fred |
    05/06/13
    fred

    tyring to by kjams...cant find where to purchase it. just lots of folks talking about it.

  • Stephanie |
    15/06/13
    Stephanie

    @fred you need to download the free trial program then click purchase option when you are ready to buy the first one or pro

  • YaYa |
    08/10/13
    YaYa

    Have something that already have song for me it not just half song?

  • deborahgreenstein |
    05/04/14
    deborahgreenstein

    IStar is no longer supported.

  • Tyros 4 fan |
    06/07/14
    Tyros 4 fan

    Having bought Midico it is frankly useless. It simply does not work - and has no instructions to help you. I managed to get a few files loaded but it is unstable and can not modify them as it suggests. A complete waste of money and effort

01/09/14
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