MusiXmatch is the sort of Windows 8 app that's likely to appeal to karaoke fans. It provides the lyrics to the latest chart toppers, so you can sing along with them. It has three basic screens – a UK one and a US one, plus a ‘Top World' screen. Currently, there's little variation between the three pop charts listings – Katy Perry, One Direction and Justin Bieber appear in all three. (See also: Windows 8: the complete guide.)

The bestselling songs are shown on each of these main screens – click on a location to view more bestsellers for which MusiXmatch has lyric listings. Lyrics are shown in large type and fit on a single laptop or tablet screen.

We like the fact that there's no distracting frippery on the lyric page. Usefully, you can buy any songs that aren't in your library by right-clicking and bringing up the listing on the 7digital music download site. A 10-second preview is given for each track – we used this as a handy reminder of each song should sound before launching into our own take using the MusiXmatch lyric sheet. For more on the changes in Windows 8 and how to use them visit Windows 8 Advisor.

In theory, you should also be able to queue up songs to play from a music-streaming service. Unfortunately, the 7digital Player didn't want to work with our Consumer Preview, though we were able to access our previously purchased music and download and play that.

It would also be more useful if MusiXmatch could browse the tracks in your Windows Media Player library then go online and hunt down lyrics for them. However, at present the app works only in the other direction. Should a listed song you want to sing along to also be in your Windows Music Library, you can tell the app as much and it will play it while you sing. See all: Windows apps

MusiXmatch: Specs

  • Windows 8 laptop, tablet, desktop PC
  • internet connection
  • Windows 8 laptop, tablet, desktop PC
  • internet connection

OUR VERDICT

MusiXmatch is very promising, but limited in its present form. Once search and the ability to call up songs from your own music library are added, we'll be limbering up our vocal chords and joining the cats' chorus.

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