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“Staraoke” The new kid’s sing-along karaoke game hits the app store!

staraokeEvery now and then a really cool mic-enabled app comes along that we feel we people should know about. In this case the app is called Staraoke, and if you are a parent of a child who loves to sing (or would like to start) then Staraoke should be on your list of downloads for your iPhone or iPad.

Staraoke is a unique and non-violent iPhone/iPad-game that combines three things kids love: singing, games and friends! Staraoke was originally a Karaoke PC game that became a hit television show. It is available now in both iPhone and iPad versions.

Initially Staraoke comes pre-loaded with 3 traditional German kids songs: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Brother John and Old MacDonald. (More songs will come soon in future free upgrades.)

Targeted at elementary school age children Staraoke lets children control a cartoon character on their screen by singing along to various songs. The software recognizes the singer’s pitch and keeps the character on the path unless you sing off key. Children will quickly develop their singing ability to win as many points as possible. “Children love computer games and singing. Staraoke combines these things and you can even learn to sing with the game, says Antti Seppänen, CEO of Intervisio.

Check out the gameplay:

Special treat  for owners of  “Staraoke” from TouchMic.com!

Within the app there is also a special treat from TouchMic.com. To download the app and find out more you can purchase the app from iTunes at the below links:

For iPhone Users:

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For iPad Users:

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iPod Touch Mic News

iPod Touch 1G Upgrade 3.1.1 Disables iVoice III, iVoice PRO Mic

A note to everyone still using the iPod Touch Microphones iVoice III or iVoice Pro with their 1st Gen iPod Touch.

Do not upgrade your firmware to 3.1.1 unless you are OK with losing the functionality of  iVoice III or iVoice Pro microphone. We can confirm that these mics remain functional up to software version 3.0, but the 3.1.1 upgrade disables the mics.

If you have not upgraded, we recommend to hold off until 3.1.2, where Apple will probably issue a fix. If you have already upgraded, and the mic function is more important to you than the functions in the 3.1.1 upgrade, then you should roll back your firmware version.

We cannot offer any official support on how to roll back your iPod Touch firmware to 2.2.1, however there is a lot of information out on the web. Some good places to research are the Apple forums, particularly this post about rolling back firmware. (Even though it is outdated, the methods can point you in the right direction.)

Also you can check out the YouTube video below from “EMAC” regarding how to roll back 3.0/3.1.1 firmware back to 2.2.1 on iPod Touch:

Note that the iPod Touch 3.1 firmware upgrade DOES NOT affect mics plugged into the 3.5mm jack on iPod Touch 2g & 3G.

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Cheers! – TouchMic.com

iPod Touch Mic News

Skype for Ipod Touch and iPhone VoIP, Finally!

According to Gizmodo.com, an official app from Skype for iPod Touch and iPhoine has FINALLY arrived. Seems that by tomorrow, March 31, 2009, Skype will be available from the app store. 

Now one may ask why will the official Skype app be any better or different than Fring or Truphone? Skype claims their edge to be less server latency and better overall sound quality. Well we at TouchMic.com are excited to try out the new app with our mics and will be posting some videos and reviews soon.

In the meanwhile here is a screenshot of the upcoming Skype app taken from Gizmodo.com:

Skype iPod Touch and iPhone

If you need a mic for your iPod Touch or iPhone feel free to browse our product list as we have many mic solutions. Until next time…

-TouchMic.com