Coming to a cell phone near you: mobile karaoke

Have you ever had the urge to beltout a tune but, alas,

there were no karaoke bars in sight? In what may be

classified as American Idol judge Simon Cowell’s worst

nightmare, Sharp Corp. and Toshiba Corp. have co¬

developed a new mobile handset that moonlights as a portable karaoke machine. The phones, which will go on

sale in Japan this summer, are karaoke-enabled through a

new service. from Vodaphone K.K. called V-kara. Through

the service, users can download Karaoke files. The phones

can also connect to television sets to create a more

“home karaoke machine” experience. Pricing has not

been released, however users can expect to pay roughly

US$0.35 per downloaded song. Quirky fact: In 2002 there

were approximately 477,000 licensed karaoke machines

in bars, hotels and karaoke rooms across Japan, which

attracted an estimated 48 million customers.

Source: Network World

Author: Ian

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