Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox ‘Karaoke’ app to charge singers by the hour

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In the real world, it’s not uncommon for karaoke bars to charge customers an hourly rate to use their facilities and equipment. We’ve rarely seen such a model go digital, but that’s exactly what Microsoft is reportedly poised to attempt with its upcoming Karaoke app for Xbox 360. Produced in tandem with The Karaoke Channel, the app will require gamers to purchase “blocks” of singing time: you’ll need to pick between two, six, and 24-hour allotments before belting out your favorite tunes.

That fee will grant you access to what Microsoft calls “a complete library of karaoke songs” containing over 8,000 tracks. Thankfully a rotating selection of free titles will be available for those looking to try the app. Moreover, rather than making…

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