kJams is a nice karaoke tool, a jukebox for Mac OS X. It's just like iTunes, except there's also karaoke lyrics on the screen (or on the TV) that follow along with the song, showing you what to sing next.
Typically you buy special CDG discs to use for karaoke, which are just like regular CD's except they have graphics in them too, showing you song lyrics.
You put the CDG into your mac and play it, or you can "rip" the songs (ie: import them from the CDG onto the mac's hard drive), then you can play them whenever you want even without the CDG.
Made for Macintosh OS X! kJams was the first true karaoke (CDG) program made for Mac OS X. It is still the only professional karaoke software for mac. original
Made with iPod in mind! Want karaoke on your iPod? kJams is for you! Export karaoke in QuickTime format for easy transfer to your iPod.
Here are some key features of "kJams Lite":
· Licensing terms allow only private party use. In this context, a "private" party is less than 20 people. If you are a cat person you do not have to count the cats as people.
· Full Unicode tag editing. ID3v2.3, VorbisComments, QuickTime Meta, and Xattr tags.
· Rip new .cdg files: Just select the ones you want, and drag them into your library!
· Encode audio with AAC, AppleLossless, WAV, AIFF, LAME MP3, or Ogg Vorbis
· Ripping and encoding works FAST, in the background, so you can continue to run your show!
· Plug in a microphone to sing along!
· Use the freedb, MusicBrainz or KJ Pro™ to get meta data: Stick a disc in and it automatically queries the online databases for disc meta info. You can also edit the info and submit back to freedb! More Info. You don't even have to be online to use the freedb!
· Keep a library: Browse your library, sort by any column! (see Screen Shots)
· Make Play Lists: Go File->New Playlist. Give it a name. Drag songs into it. Click it. Reorder the songs, delete them. Delete the playlist. (Remember, sort the playlist by index (the left most column) to manually re-order them)
· Import and Play existing Audio+G files. Zipped files or unzipped, no problem! Just "File->Add to Library...", select your files, folder, or drive, and hit okay! Respond to the format dialog to help interpret the names!, Supports all the popular formats, AIFF, WAV, MP3, AAC, MP4, even BIN / CUE.
· Search or filter your library or playlists: Just press ⌘-⌥-F to search the current playlist, or press ⌘-F to switch to and search your Library
· 1-Click shopping music store
· Play Graphics (optionally on a separate monitor or TV screen): Just drag the graphics window onto a second monitor, and press ⌘-0 to get to "Full Screen" mode. You can continue using the first monitor to manage the library window. Or just place and size it however you want!
· Change Pitch / Tempo independently: Adjust the music pitch to fall within your vocal range! Or change the tempo (speed) of the music. Your settings are saved per song (as opposed to per playlist item)
· Optionally automatically pause the playlist between songs, optionally cue the song to the first non-silent sample, so un-pausing is instant music (you can always just hit the Cue button too)
· Remote Control: Use your BlueTooth phone to control kJams (see Downloads page)
· Playlist Export: Export the currently displayed playlist to an XML file that you can then use with any application that supports XML, eg: a web application or SQL database. Alternately, just copy the playlist to the clipboard (in tab-delimited format), then you can paste that into eg: Excel or AppleWorks, to create custom song books for printing. Alternately, export the actual files that make up a song (zip or MP3+G) into a folder. (Advanced->Special->Copy all Playlist Files To...)
· Relocatable Libraries: Pull ripped audio out of iTunes for easy library consolidation and migration. See How.
· Switchable Albums & Global Song Ratings
· Preset Playlists: Find all duplicates, find all songs still in iTunes (then move them into kJams), find all songs that have only audio. Find all corrupted zip files. Got an idea? Let me know!
· Play CD+G discs directly (without manually ripping first)
· Import and play any QuickTime format
· Suppress the vocals from a channel (eg: some Karaoke has vocals in the right channel, kJams can remove it)
· Export iPod Video! Use iTunes to move the resulting movie to your iPod!
· Target Mode Move songs to any Playlist with a double-click!
· re-encode existing songs: Got songs in WAV, AIF, or BIN or BIN/CUE? Simply re-encode in OggVorbis or MP3 or AAC to save lots of space! Got an MP3 and would rather have Vorbis? Just re-encode! (Operates in place so you may want to duplicate your song first if you want to keep an original)
· Play LRC, Enhanced LRC, UltraStar (SingStar), and TunePrompter files and export them as beautiful high quality quicktime.
· QuickTime 7.1 or later
· Can't export to QuickTime more than 10 songs
· Can't add more than 3 songs to a any playlist (except for your library)
· Can't rip more than the first 3 songs from a disc
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· fixed bug where it would complain you need Perian if you try to play an MPEG file, when you didn't
· the Progress dialog is now retina. note: dialogs are hard, each one must be switched to Nibs (from resources), so they'll trickle in slowly.
· the "Icon, Message, Checkbox and 3 Buttons" dialog is now retina
· the "text input" dialog is now retina.
· retina dialogs gain the ability to drag them around regardless of processing, and the ability to tab thru all the buttons (if you have this turned on: apple->system prefs->keyboard->keyboard shortcuts->Full keyboard access->all controls)
· activity window progress bars *Really* look correct now.
· if you drop music files onto the kJams icon, you are now (correctly) asked if you want to "copy/move" or "reference"
· FEATURE: you can now "pre-cache" a song by right clicking it and picking the command from the menu (works on singers too)
· FEATURE: you can now "mark as sung" a song in the "KJ Rotation" playlist (not the Rotation)
· when a song is marked...