Spotify has quietly begun testing a new ‘karaoke mode’ that lets users sing along to songs and then gives them a score based on their vocal skills.
Karaoke mode has not been officially announced by the company, but several users have shared screenshots of the new feature on social media.
It appears to build on the existing ‘Lyrics’ feature, which was released last year and allows Spotify users to track lyrics that scroll in real time as songs are playing.
Users who already have access to the new karaoke feature claim that a ‘Sing’ button with a microphone icon appears in the top right corner of the lyrics panel.
Pressing the button causes the original vocals to be muted, but the backing track to continue playing, so that users can show off their vocal skills.
Once the song is over, the user is given a percentage ‘accuracy score’, along with a motivational message such as ‘You’re on the road to become famous!’
It is not clear how the feature works – causing some users to speculate that Spotify employees are listening to their singing attempts through their smartphone microphones.
The more likely explanation is that the company is using AI to match the user’s pitch with the song’s original score.
However, the company isn’t giving anything away.
When asked for more information by MailOnline, a spokesperson for the company simply said: ‘At Spotify, we routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve our user experience.
‘Some of those end up paving the path for our broader user experience and others serve only as important learnings.
‘We have no further news to share on future plans at this time.’
How to get Karaoke mode on Spotify
There appears to be no way to get access to the feature, apart from waiting for an app update.
This has led to frustration among karaoke fans who are desperate to try out the new tool.
You can check if you already have access to the feature by selecting the song you want to listen to, then scroll down to find the lyrics.
If you are part of the trial, you will see a button labelled ‘Sing’ in the top right corner of the lyrics tab.
Once you’ve hit the button, a different style of lyrics screen will pop up showing the words line-by-line – just like a karaoke machine.
If the Sing button isn’t there, you could try checking for updates on the App Store or Google Play, but even if you download an update this does not guarantee you will get access.