Ready to sing for the holidays? Microsoft and Stingray Music USA Inc. have announced that they’ll be releasing Karaoke in time for the holidays. Using the new app, you can pay an unspecified amount of Microsoft points to “rent out” a karaoke room in 2, 6, and 24 hour blocks. You, family, and friends can sing along to 8,000 different songs with more to came, even using SmartGlass to setup playlists and DJ the music on the fly, just like in Dance Central 3.
Karaoke is planned for release before the holidays this year, so we’ll probably be getting a release date soon enough. Look for it in the near future and keep it here to GripYaJoystick for more news as it comes.
Official Stingray Music USA Inc.- The KARAOKE Channel Press Release:
The KARAOKE Channel, a property of Stingray Music USA Inc., an affiliate of the innovative Montreal-based provider of multi-platform music services Stingray Digital Group Inc., today announced their collaboration on “Karaoke” for Xbox 360, an exciting new entertainment service that will be available for download through Xbox LIVE in time for the holidays.
“As the owner of the world’s largest licensed karaoke library and karaoke service on TV and Internet, the KARAOKE Channel will combine its expertise with the advanced capabilities of the Xbox 360 platform from Microsoft to develop the best in-home karaoke experience ever,” says Eric Boyko, President and CEO of Stingray Digital Group Inc. “Now anyone can access our vast library and sing in a fun and interactive way right from their Xbox.”
“Karaoke” for Xbox 360 is simply fun
“Karaoke” for Xbox 360 is easy to launch and makes it easy to sing. Karaoke fans will sing along to scrolling lyrics on screen while their avatar performs the song on stage with a full complement of stage props, backup band and an adoring audience. The more songs are sung and poses struck, the more moola, props, fans and fun are earned as achievements are awarded.
Songs don’t require downloading; they play immediately via streaming for a robust karaoke experience. To keep the party going, songs can be queued via the top navigation through search, browse or SmartGlass integration, which connects a tablet or mobile device to the Xbox 360 console. Songs can be added to Favorites so they’re super-easy to find, or can be found through the History list to sing them over and over again. Other options include key change and a lead vocal track to help sing less familiar songs. To access all of the features, an Xbox 360 Headset, Xbox Wireless Microphone or an Xbox 360 compatible USB microphone is required.
Available on Xbox LIVE in time for the holidays, “Karaoke” for Xbox 360 will have a selection of free sample songs that will change frequently. Full access to the entire library is available for blocks of 2, 6 or 24 hours by redeeming Microsoft Points. Songs are added to the library on a regular basis as they are produced and licensed, giving everyone a great reason to launch The KARAOKE Channel on Xbox LIVE to discover new songs to sing.
About The KARAOKE Channel:
The KARAOKE Channel, with a library of thousands of professional quality karaoke songs, has been spreading the fun of karaoke on TV, as a video on demand service available in more than 55 million homes worldwide, online, with The KARAOKE Channel ONLINE community and download store, and as a mobile app for iPhone and iPod touch and Android. For more information, visit thekaraokechannel.com
About Stingray Digital Group Inc.:
Stingray Digital Group Inc. is the leading multi-platform music service provider in the world, with more than 75 million subscribers in 56 different countries. Its properties include:
• Galaxie, the leading digital music service on TV in Canada and in the US (www.galaxie.ca);
• The KARAOKE Channel, the world’s largest licensed karaoke library and karaoke service on TV and Internet (www.thekaraokechannel.com);
• Music Choice Europe, the leading digital music service on TV in Europe and Africa (www.musicchoiceinternational.com);
• Concert TV, a video-on-demand service distributed to 45 million homes in the US and in Canada (www.concerttv.com);
• Stingray360, a leader in sensorial marketing solutions for businesses (www.stingray360.com);
• Stingray Music, music licensing for film, television, advertising and other (www.stingray-music.com).