Singing Apps: Commercial Exploitation of your passion or gateway to Stardom?
Singing Apps: Exploitation or Stardom? The advent of internet & rapid technological advancements has ensured plethora of applications for the users worldwide to expand their horizon across fields – Science & Technology, Finances, Economics, Politics, Social Awareness, Sports, Entertainment, etc.
Social networking started with Orkut, moved on to Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter but the hidden desire to shout out their lungs like a Rockstar remained inside the hearts of millions of common people across globe; Introduction of apps like Smule & Starmaker has gradually become a new rage in social karaoke networking with millions of users now socializing over karaoke singing breaking age-old barrier with ease… (Also Read: How to own a fleet of Luxury Cars with a Monthly Salary of Rs.38,000? )
Unbelievable features such as – HD karaoke tracks across genre, language & decades, solo/duet mode, party rooms for socialising while singing, Live broadcast, jamming with friends, interactive games & contests, the apps keep the users on their toes & excitements holds no bar! So much so, that many big shots in Hollywood & our own Bollywood have partnered with the apps & are actively participating with even releasing some of their new songs online for the app users.
The singing apps have been a huge hit in a country like ours as it basically exploits the void every individual feels in his/her life – Stardom; & this is evident with the ever-growing number of users & swelling revenues of the parent companies. In fact, Smule has partnered with Radio Mirchi for various initiatives & has even provided users to perform at Mirchi Music Award Shows; while Starmaker is providing opportunity to its users to make debut covers under prominent labels… (Also Read: Is PM Modi Visiting Orakandi Temple In Bangladesh Violation Of Election MCC? )
While reading thus far, it feels that the apps have absolutely no lacunae or drawbacks, however, like every day has a night, these social karaoke apps too come with huge words of caution & disclaimers:
- The stardom (fictional) brings in the addiction that compels the users to get glued on to the app (believe it or not, it may affect your daily choirs)
- Since the Revenue model of these apps essentially depends on your data usage & off-late purchased gifting (recharge base), lots of people have fallen into the trap of expending exorbitantly disturbing their household finances (still unbelievable but true)
- In some cases, socialising virtually has also led to discord in users’ real lives.
- Since the social media has no restriction for anti-social & miscreants, users (especially the females) are subject to frauds & cheatings.
“Disclaimer: Smoking Cigarette is injurious to Health.” This is written on every single pack sold, yet every day millions of them are sold; so imperatively it’s up to us to decide for ourselves how much of everything is good for us & act accordingly. Same goes for the online karaoke apps whereby the individual users have to draw the “Lakshman Rekha” and ensures it’s not breached! (Also Read: To Send or Not? Catch-22 Situation for Worried Parents Amidst COVID Resurgence! )
So, till I come with another Offbeat, keep Singing!!!
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