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Xbox 360 Karaoke App Will Bill For Time, Not Songs

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Jonathan Lester
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Xbox 360 Karaoke App Will Bill For Time, Not Songs

Microsoft has been experimenting with different pricing models of late, such as the free-to-play MOBA Happy Wars. In another new twist, they've announced that a new Karaoke app will give players full access to over 8000 tracks... for as long as you're willing to pay.

According to the press release on PlayXBLA, the Karaoke app will feature a small selection of frequently-rotating trial songs, and will allow users to purchase time blocks of 1, 2, 6 or 24 hours. Songs will then be streamed directly from the servers, letting you to sing along using a USB microphone or headset. Avatars will dance around on a number of different stages, each of which can be decked out with various props and special items.

Smartglass support will ostensibly make for easy (and most importantly, quick) searching, alongside robust favourite and history lists.

The Karaoke app is set to release "in time for the holidays," and plans to challenge the traditional 'pay to keep' business model. Pricing hasn't been announced yet... so how much would you be willing to pay for an hour or two of Karaoke?

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SnrChief  Nov. 19, 2012 at 21:19

I wouldn't pay at all. Personally I'm getting tired of the amount of services Xbox is throwing at us that requires you to pay not to mention the amount of things you're restricted to with jut a silver membership. If they're going to carry on like this, they should just make Gold free and keep a lot of people (including myself) happy.

Last edited by SnrChief, Nov. 19, 2012 at 21:20
Tsung  Nov. 20, 2012 at 08:29

This is a good idea, Karaoke is quite niche so people might not be willing to pay a lot of money for a game + additional money for each track.

Now impromptu karaoke parties can be had, ideal for kids birthdays or after a night out (Neighbours might not agree). The real kicker is going to be the price. It's got to be low enough to make it worthwhile.

I think a better pricing model might be a one-off price of say £2.50 for 24hrs, or a monthly fee similar to spotify / deezer / other streaming music service.

I also think buying access should allow you to play tracks in "Jukebox" mode, so if anyone is holding a party and want background music they can (without the Karaoke).

All that said, why not just add Karaoke to their music service and be done? :/

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