How Big Is Online Karaoke?

27 thoughts on “How Big Is Online Karaoke?”

  1. [full disclosure: i’m an advisor for bix, so of course i’m biased]

    i think it’s a pretty big market; both in the US and around the world. if you’ve ever been to japan (or korea or china or elsewhere in asia), you realize very quickly that karaoke is HUGE. people go out every night to hang out in karaoke bars, or at least bars with karaoke machines.

    in the us, i know several people who are big karaoke fans, and if American Idol ratings are any signal i’d say it’s got a good fanbase here too.

    (and at least for bix, it’s not only about karaoke. bix is a actually a platform for anyone to run or participate in any kind of media-based contest. kind of a YahooGroups for contests.)

  2. The key here would have to be good integration with mobile phones and networks. The more gimmicky an idea seems, the more suited it is to the mobile commerce space. At least that’s what this crazy frog told me . . .

  3. So as a hardcore karaoke enthusiast, I am a bit biased…the market is huge. And I’m sure there is plenty of room for multiple players. ksolo is great, not just because of features but because of the community — it’s really quite large and supportive. And they have the best song catalog.

    Bix has video karaoke and contests, which are interesting but probably much more of a youth market type of thing rather than the karaoke enthusiast’s product.

    SingShot is ksolo with different colors and a smaller catalog. So what?

  4. Online Karaoke is the perfect application to bring together the home entertainment center with the Internet. TiVo needs to jump on this. It could be a showcase application for what they’ve been trying to do with their boxes lately, though it is admittedly not a mainstream application in the US. This is a major improvement over hauling your Karaoke crap over to a friend’s house and buying overpriced Karaoke CDs. I think this is great! Are you listening SingShot?

  5. Ksolo is a great Karaoke site. Many friendships have been formed because there is a sense of community. The rating system on any site is subject to criticism, only a panel of impartial judges would be fair as most sites are personality and frequency driven. Some people stay at home all day and have more time to interreact therefore build a bigger fan base..That subject out of the way..These sites can be addicting. I am a KSolo member and visit KSuperstar to sing and there is also the Karaokeroom which is new. Ksuperstar has some great songs and a very good sound system but still has some bugs to work out. Ksolo is easy to navigate and use and friendly. I must check out Bix and Singshot and compare the features. Those of you who do not sing will never understand the allure. Those of us that do are thrilled to have this avenue of singing and sharing without waiting our turn in a karaoke rotation of 40 singers or more at a club… I think you would be amazed at some of the very talented people there are on these sites..not always listed in the top ten, as I said there is a personality issue, but hunt around and you will see some extremely talented singers. The only difference between them and the professionals is the opportunity.. Check out Ksolo and Ksuperstar and you’ll be in for a treat…

  6. Ronan’s Online Karaoke is another free alternative to the sites mentioned here. It doesn’t have all the fancy features, but it’s been around for almost 10 years and has quite a loyal following.

    Shameless plug I know, but why should Rupert Murdock’s site get all the attention?

  7. See above? This is what turns me off to so many of the Karaoke sites online. The constant BEGGING for votes and listeners ! I feel like I’m at a used car lot on there. Many enjoy singing and of course, most want folks to listen to them, but they’ve become more of a popularity contest rather than a showcase for singing talent. They bring all their MySpace.com and Yahoo buddies over and they vote and become ‘fans’ even if the singer is one of those you have to go outside to keep from laughing at them. Once they find a cure for that type of format, it may have something creditable. As of now, it’s simply a marketing tool until those ‘fans’ and Yahoo buddies get bored.

  8. i just read karaoke nation by steve fishman…i urge everyone to read this book

    http://www.amazon.com/Karaoke-Nation-Glamour-Fulfillment-Million/dp/0743229029

    During the height of the “Internet gold rush,” journalist Fishman received $3,000 in seed money from New York magazine, to see if he could create an Internet start-up with the goal of making $1 million within a year. His idea, which he admits started out as a joke, was to create an online hip-hop karaoke site, where users could log in and sing along to their favorite hip-hop tunes, joining others to create a “karaoke community.” Although he went into it as a writing assignment, he approached it with total sincerity, and “in a terrible and unanticipated development,” he caught the bug himself. The story follows the project from germination through presentations to venture capitalists (the numbers revealed a huge untapped karaoke market) to the eventual sale of this half-baked business. In an insightful narrative on the changing times, Fishman notes how drastically the approach to work shifted in the 1990s, when entrepreneurship replaced leisure as a source of adventure, and the formerly stodgy field of business became the ultra-hip place to be. David Siegfried
    Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved…

  9. Another FREE online Karaoke AND original singers community is the Music Chat Cafe — they are even holding a contest starting Jan. 14th with a CA$H grand prize.. it’s a 100% free site.. with fun, games, songs, and jokes, and even lyrics and poetry… This was a pretty cool article.. gonna check out some of the other links as well.. thanks!

  10. Another online karaoke website is hosting a singing competition. Cash prizes and winners can publish own singles. Great idea to become famous and a singing star. I posted my songs. Inviting competitors 🙂

  11. I’m using SingShot right now, looking for other sites too. I tried to sign up for KSolo, but they don’t support the Mac, so that cuts a lot of us out of the picture.

  12. “See above? This is what turns me off to so many of the Karaoke sites online. The constant BEGGING for votes and listeners ! I feel like I’m at a used car lot on there. Many enjoy singing and of course, most want folks to listen to them, but they’ve become more of a popularity contest rather than a showcase for singing talent. They bring all their MySpace.com and Yahoo buddies over and they vote and become ‘fans’ even if the singer is one of those you have to go outside to keep from laughing at them. Once they find a cure for that type of format, it may have something creditable. As of now, it’s simply a marketing tool until those ‘fans’ and Yahoo buddies get bored.”

    I WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREE WITH DAN!! There’s this one female on kSolo and KSuperstar who can’t sing a note out of a bucket, but they keep voting for her because she has her pic up and she’s a skinny blonde chick. LOL She actually won a kSuperstar contest once. I’m listening to this girl and thinking to myslf, HOW THE HELL DID SHE WIN??

    Actually, the whole rating system on sites like kSolo is unfair and it is indeed a popularity contest. Some of the real singers often get overlooked. It’s rare that a true talented singer gets lots of votes, and if they do, then great! Even if you are a great singer and sign up to sing on one of the sites, if you don’t have a pic up or aren’t a “model” type or showing much skin on your pics as a female, more than likely, you won’t get many votes. LOL

  13. One of the most annoying thing about the online karaoke sites is that they make you pay to have voice enhancements such as reverb (don’t know anyone who sounds good without it) and that makes the contests and such out of reach for those not willing to pay to sing online.

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