Karaoke has always been a great way to embarrass yourself in front of friends and strangers, but, until now, there’s been no way to do some karaoke on your iPod.
Fortunately, Griffin makes some pretty sweet iPod accessories, and that’s only going to continue when they release the iKaraoke come Winter of 06.
Besides looking pretty sleek, the iKaraoke has a ton of great features. The main being that it will wirelessly send the music off of your iPod to your stereo via a FM receiver, or you can just use the built-in line out functionality.
And no, the vocals are indeed removed from the tunes, it wouldn’t be karaoke otherwise, fools! 😉
On the microphone there are controls to pause, skip ahead or back, and even to temporarily add the vocals back in so that you can find your place. There’s even a reverb effect to “enhance” your performance.
Having this at a party would be great because most karaoke machines require you to buy CDs with the music on it, and paying nearly $20 for a karaoke CD that you’ll use a couple times a year is stupid. This lets you use all of your existing tunes without purchasing anything extra, well, except the device itself.
The iKaraoke will work with most iPod models; the 4G, 5G, 1 and 2G nanos, and the mini are all supported. The accessory plugs into the standard dock connector.
When the iKaraoke comes it in Winter of 2006 its expected to retail for around $50, which is reasonable, and having it around for a Christmas or New Years party would sure be fun.