Dopey karaoke?

It's not just for the Japanese anymore. You can sing karaoke from the comfort of your home--all you need is an iPod.

DoPi Karaoke

With a name like DoPi Karaoke, it's hard to resist poking a little fun. But if you're really into karaoke--or know someone who is--this system could make a decent gift. Actually, you don't even need to purchase any of DoPi's hardware to take advantage of the site's karaoke music store; all you need is a video-capable iPod or any other MP3 player that supports MPEG-4 files (though, obviously, a decent-size screen is preferable). The store has hundreds of video files that offer the instrumental versions of popular karaoke songs along with synchronized lyrics. Each song costs a reasonable $1.99, not unlike iTunes music videos.

Of course, if you want the full karaoke experience, DoPi offers a couple of hardware solutions that let you share the tunes. The first is the DoPi Karaoke System ($59.95), which comes with a microphone, a karaoke mixer/converter, and cables for hooking the system up to your TV and sound system. Duets are also possible thanks to dual mic inputs, and an echo-effect feature ensures hours (er, OK, maybe minutes) of fun. Or you could go all out and spring for the $1,800 DoPi Karaoke "All In One" Station, which includes the aforementioned System along with a tripod kiosk, a 19-inch LCD monitor, an extra mic, a book with song and artist listings, and--the pièce de résistance--a 30GB iPod with 500 preloaded karaoke songs. If you're considering buying one of these for your bar, DoPi even includes an iPod lock for theft prevention.

(Photo: DoPi Karaoke)

About the author

    Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.



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