PureSolo, a UK startup which has developed an online music store which lets people record and share their own versions of well-known tracks, will this week launch a special service with hit UK TV show The X Factor, the American Idol-like show. The branded version for the official website will let fans record themselves singing to all those cheesy tracks the show’s contestants are forced to sing for judges like Simon Cowell. There’s presumably little to stop PureSolo creating other versions for other shows in other markets.
PureSolo technically competes in the online karaoke space with others like MikeStar, an online-karaoke community. However PureSolo’s emphasis on actual music notation and recording via a browser add-on sets it apart from the average karaoke games. Oh, and it’s kinda fun.