Your smartphone is your bank, your shopping plaza, your radio, TV, multiplex and many more things. And, if you are a singer, it can be your karaoke machine too. There are several karaoke apps around for Android and iOS devices, both for world music and Indian music lovers. The latest entry into the Hindi music arena is King Sing Interactive Entertainment Inc’s iSing app that has recently launched a Bollywood section for its Indian users.
The Android-based app allows you to register using your Facebook, Twitter of Instagram login and record songs in both MP3 and MV (music video) formats. You can also upload your recording and listen to the numbers posted by other users. You need to use a headphone with a mic to record. The app also gives the option to tweak the volume of the recorded vocals and music. You can even add effects to the vocals and share them on social media too.
After logging in, just click on the red button displayed on the main interface and go to the songbook section. Here, you will get a singer-wise list of the songs.
iSing has over 200,000 users, or ‘iSingers’, for whom more than 100,000 songs are available in different languages, such as English, Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Thai and Portuguese, besides Hindi.
Its My iSing Map allows others to view your location. You can also check out other iSingers’ locations and reach out to them if you want to.
As far as the Hindi collection is concerned, the Top Hits section has most of the recent popular numbers, starting from Shreya Ghoshal’s ‘Chikni Chameli’ to Yo Yo Honey Singh’s ‘Love Dose’.
Personally, I was disappointed to not see much of old hits. For example, I could not find a single Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi or Manna Dey number. While there are only two songs of Lata Mangeshkar, fans of Kishore Kumar and Mukesh won’t be happy to see only one song each against the two popular singers’ names.
However, iSing promises to frequently update the songbook, and even allows its users to send requests for any and as many songs they want on the list.
On the whole, iSing is a good experience, and it is expected to catch up fast with Indian users, especially the younger lot with a plenty of hit numbers from contemporary popular artistes on the offer.