kJams
kJams 1.0
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Rip, mix and play CD+G karaoke discs (beta).   Shareware ($40.00)
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kJams can Rip, Mix, Play and Burn CD+G format discs. Create playlists, sort by name, artist, album etc. Import existing MP3+G files, (zipped or not), search your library. Import QuickTime, optionally zipped Audio+G, bin/cue, CAVS (MCG, NCG), MTU (KMA), Acesonic "CDG", LRC, KTP and UltraStar files , Change the pitch and tempo independently, show the graphics (optionally) full screen and/or (optionally) on a 2nd monitor or TV. Rip using the LAME encoder. Get and submit CD meta-info from freedb. Export CD+G to QuickTime (to iPod & iPhone too!) The Pro version allows individual singers to
What's New
Version 1.0:
  • Mac retina support
  • TriceraSoft store now includes Streaming for all 10k SunFly songs!
  • "KaraokeCloud Pro" music store: 10k songs including OFFLINE STREAMING for KJs (SBI, Priddis, DK etc)!!
  • Re-sync previous purchases on a new computer from Karaoke Cloud and TriceraSoft
  • Rip VCD discs
  • you can set meta data on multiple items at once in the browser
  • kjams will pre-load (cache) the next song (especially handy when streaming) (new pref under "general")
  • option to include music store songs in main library (new pref under "stores") (so you can search all stores at once)
  • kJams runs in French, German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, Romanian!
  • copy and paste entire column layouts (by focusing in the Sources list)
  • optional High quality video upscaling of CDG graphics (new pref under "general")
  • pref to change browser Font Size (new pref under "Advanced")
  • When adding to library, kJams will ask if you want to move (copy to kJams Music folder) or reference (leave them where they are)
  • More QuickTime export options: frame rate, HD, transparency (new prefs under "Exporting"
  • BIN / CUE disc images now mount as a disc, and you can rip from them, or just burn them
  • Copy and paste entire blocks of meta data for easy spreadsheet data editing!
  • interruptible search! if your computer is fast enough (and you have a small library) then the search results update as you type
  • Messenger Looping (new menu item under "Video")
kJams Pro:
  • Singers can now have nicknames (it's a new "sort column" you can show in the KJ Rotation)
  • Second video window enables the use of iDisplays (see the "Windows" menu for it)
  • designate a playlist for server searches
  • easy customization of Rotation Showscreen and your own Custom Showscreen per venue!
Version 1.0:
  • Mac retina support
  • TriceraSoft store now includes Streaming for all 10k SunFly songs!
  • "KaraokeCloud Pro" music store: 10k songs including OFFLINE STREAMING for KJs (SBI, Priddis, DK etc)!!
  • Re-sync previous purchases on a new computer from Karaoke Cloud and TriceraSoft
  • Rip VCD discs
  • you can set meta data on multiple items at once in the browser more...
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or better
  • QuickTime 7.1 or later
  • CD+G capable drive



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JuanRodriguez9108 reviewed on 16 Apr 2013
how i can buy it form here the pro version for $40dll?
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Gary F reviewed on 18 May 2012
By far the best piece of Karaoke software out there, both on Mac and PC (and I've tried lots of them).
I originally brought the lite version for my home setup, then upgraded to the Pro version (which included iPhone/iPad integration to choose songs from your iDevice).
Excellent file handling and re-naming. With the additional burning plug-in it has brilliant, easy CDG writing.
On top of that, a friendly, helpful, responsive developer who updates the program regularly and is very active on the forum.
[Version 1.0d51r6]


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Phyllis W tipped on 16 Sep 2010
Can you download and use K Jams on a mac book?
[Version 1.0d51r6]

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Ktunes Dot Net (developer) replied on 16 Sep 2010
yes, it runs on any modern mac.

and by the way, it's "kJams", not "K Jams" :)

and please go to my web site forums, i rarely check this site.
http://www.kjams.com/forum/
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Safeside tipped on 15 Dec 2009
Hello folks
What is the best external dvd burner you have found to use with your mac for KJams?
Thanks
[Version 1.0d49]

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Davecotter commented on 19 Dec 2009
Use the kJams Forums for questions, cuz I just never see questions posted here.

http://karaoke.kjams.com/forum/

but the answer is: Get a Plextor Q840U

http://karaoke.kjams.com/wiki/Compatible_Drives
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securd commented on 27 Jul 2009
This software is beautifully done -- I have used the leading PC karaoke software for years, and although it "gets the job done", kJams goes above and beyond my expectations. Easy searches, clear organization, extraordinarily high quality video output...and all in a clean, Mac UI. In addition, the software's mastermind is more customer-focused than any software vendor I've dealt with EVER. And it even has an integrated iPhone app (available on the Apple App Store) to allow people to search your music and put themselves on the venue list! Even my wife is amazed...

I have read a few of the criticisms of kJams here, but I can tell you with complete confidence -- the leading PC karaoke software can't hold a candle to this package.

If you own a Mac and like karaoke, I have two words: buy kJams.

Steve.
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Joe Paradis commented on 22 Nov 2008
Full disclosure: I have owned kJams Pro for a couple of years. I have talked a couple of friends into buying kJams. I have worked with Dave Cotter many many many times. It is a beta system designed by one person. It is much more sophisticated than iTunes where Apple has a ton of engineers designing and maintaining the application. I give kJams four out of five stars with the last star being left out until beta goes operational. I know several PC based karaoke DJs and their system is nothing compared to this. Finally, the only criticism I could provide is the frequency of updates. However, updates are usually for enhancements followed by updates to fix bugs which are fixed promptly. The guy is a genius and he is a fanatic devotee to servicing his customers. I am getting my money's worth and consider it a privilege whenever he spends the time to not only fix any bug but to teach me in the process.

So there.
[Version 1.0d49]


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Kess Marie Arwood commented on 01 Feb 2008
Wow, what incredible customer service! I recently purchased KJams Pro and because of MY lack of computer knowledge, was having extreme difficulty with the program. Within 10 minutes of taking over my computer, Dave had me understanding the program like a pro. I would buy this product 100 times over again just for the customer support.
Thanks, Dave.

Coni in Florida
[Version 1.0d48r27]


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Ktunes Dot Net (developer) commented on 20 Dec 2007
Again: People, be aware that kJams makes *several* releases per month. By the time you post "it doesn't work" it is probably already fixed. Please do your homework before posting. That includes contacting me to see if I've already fixed the issue. Ten times out of ten, I HAVE fixed it already.
[Version 1.0d48]

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BigMacDaddy67 commented on 02 Dec 2008
Dave, I have an iMac G4, the soccer ball type,got 10.4.11, tiger I think, 1 Ghz-G4, 1.25 GB-DDR-SDRAM, will this be able to run kjams good or to slow. Also can I display this on another screen out for doing a show.
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Ktunes Dot Net (developer) replied on 03 Dec 2008
1) start a new thread if you're asking new questions, rather than reply to something unrelated
2) i have my own forums, please use them instead
3) or email me directly, which i much prefer
4) with a small library you should do fine. see the system requirements on my downloads page
5) yes you can plug in a TV and put the lyrics screen there
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SixtyK reviewed on 10 Jul 2006
Me again... While I have not yet attemped to import pre-ripped tracks again, I successfully used the current preview release to rip the first 3 tracks from a store-bought CD+G.

I am hoping later developments will help simplify the ripping process but overall, I am impressed.

I like the keyboard combos to trigger pitch and tempo controls and they worked nicely.

I ran the video to a second monitor which likewise, worked great! This is turning out to be a solid product and I'm looking forward to see its continued deveopment.
[Version 1.0d43]

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Ktunes Dot Net (developer) replied on 11 Jul 2006
I'm very curious to have your impressions on how to make ripping even easier. As you know, sometimes we developers can't see the forest for the trees. What could I do to make it easier to rip?

Recently I made it so if you unawarely chose "Add To Library..." (instead of "Rip") and then navigated to your CD drive, it will "just work", so newbies will get the "do what I mean" behavior.

What else should I do?

-dave
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SixtyK replied on 12 Jul 2006
Well, at the time that I wrote that, I had only tried the iTunes method... I decided to try it that way first before downloading the LAME codec.

I have since tried ripping tracks using LAME and it is quite a bit simpler.

I did have one idea I wanted to pass along though I don't know if it can even be done... It would be a nice feature if I could select a 640x480 pixel graphic to replace the black screen between songs. Basically to have my logo come up between singers instead of just the black screen.

Just a thought.

Good work anyway... You will likely be getting my money very soon *grin*
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Ktunes Dot Net (developer) replied on 12 Jul 2006
Yes, I just recently added QuickTime import (so you can play movies) and soon will add Still image import (so you can play "stills", and will soon be adding the feature to let you set music to stills and add them to playlists, then you can use them "between" songs, so you can put up a banner ad or whatever.

-dave
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SixtyK replied on 13 Jul 2006
More questions, I know (that means I'm interested).

Is there any possibility of a demo of the burning plugin in the future? I'm a little cautious about buying it without knowing with 100% certainty that it will work with my system.

Next question. As I said, I have an iBook G4 that I use as my DJ system but because its optical drive is not CD+G compatible, I have to rip them on my G5 which is no big deal. I'll be storing the ripped files on an external 160 GB hard drive and my question is, can both computers reference the same k-Tunes library files (primarily the XML files) so that the actual import to library only has to be done once?

Hmmm... This seems to be venturing toward tech support. Perhaps it would be better for me to email you...

P.S.: I bought k-Tunes Lite last night. Thanks :)
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Ktunes Dot Net (developer) replied on 13 Jul 2006
Did you know kTunes has it's own forums?
http://ktunes.net/forums

The burning plugin is already "tryout", you can download and install it for free, and it will burn discs with max 2 songs on it, so you can test it out.

You can have your entire library on an external disc, and move the disc around. Just drag and drop your ~/Music/kTunes/ folder onto your external drive (the one that holds the music). Then, on the ext. drive, select the kTunes folder and make an alias, now place that alias in your ~/Music/ folder (on both machines). Make sense?

-dave
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Ktunes Dot Net (developer) commented on 16 Mar 2006
It mystifies me that folks will try something, then if they can't figure it out, assume it's broken and go public with their opinion. I've got hundreds of happy folks importing left and right without any troubles. Did you bother to contact me to get some help importing your songs? I can't help you or fix it for you if you don't ask me to.

Please write directy to me if it doesn't seem to function as advertised, ten times out of ten it's a simple step that was missed, and then I have the opportunity to make it right for you AND update the documentation so this doesn't happen to prospective future users.

Thanks. - dave
[Version 1.0d41]

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SixtyK replied on 21 Mar 2006
Did you see that little blue tag at the begining of my comment? It said REVIEW. That means I downloaded the software, tried it out and I chose to express my opinions and experiences with the software as it is presently available. I even acknowledged that this program is still in development and that I did not expect things to be perfect. I was not asking for tech support as this is not the place for it.

Part of the purpose of MacUpdate is for the people who are using these programs to post their comments and reviews as a reference to those who might be interested in downloading it.

I would suggest that you try not to take it so personally when people comment here with less than heaping praise for a program that is not even finished yet.

I know that this is an unfinished program. I know you are working on it. I understand that you can not do tech support via.MacUpdate.

This is what you have available now. This is the version I tried and these are the experiences that I had with it. I don't think my comments were out of line.
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Ktunes Dot Net (developer) replied on 21 Mar 2006
Allright, point taken, my bad. Can I help you get it working?
-dave
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SixtyK replied on 21 Mar 2006
I will be in contact with you through the apropriate channels.
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mredrup commented on 21 Dec 2007
I also have a problem with it crashing on launch with 10.5, I had planned to buy a serial as a Christmas gift but Im afraid I cant risk it not working.
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Ktunes Dot Net (developer) replied on 21 Dec 2007
You need to try the latest version, it works. Thanks.
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Ktunes Dot Net (developer) replied on 21 Dec 2007
please go back to the downloads page and re-download. there was a new release last night which fixed the crash on startup problem.

-dave
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IsraelTorres2603 had trouble on 12 Mar 2013
kJams here states that it can import quicktime files like midi, and kar. On the actual website it says it can't play them. Why is the information misleading? Does it plan to add this feature? If it did have that I would buy it on the spot. I would like to play kar files so I can control the sounds, changing instrument, muting or soloing a sound. For now you have to have two softwares to accomplish this, kjams and Qmidi or MidiCo.
[Version 1.0d52r60]

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Metamuse Software (developer) replied on 08 Apr 2013
Apple destroyed my ability to support MIDI. I updated my web site to reflect that. However, these third party download sites are really not at the forefront of my thoughts, but i do come by occasionally to ensure they're up to date, sorry about the confusion. kJams can MANAGE your midi files and automatically launch another app (like QMIDI) to play them for you
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Mathieu Legrand had trouble on 17 Dec 2007
kJams Lite crashes at start on Mac OS X Leopard (10.5). Impossible to even start evaluating it.
[Version 1.0d48]

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Ktunes Dot Net (developer) replied on 20 Dec 2007
That has been fixed, please try again.

And by the way, please take the time to find out what kind of release schedule a piece of software has before posting possibly erroneous information.

kJams, for example, has releases sometimes three times a week. By the time you've told the world "it doesn't work" there may be a new release that has fixed the issue.

Also I'd very much appreciate bug reports sent directly to me rather than blogged to the world, thanks.
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Mathieu Legrand commented on 21 Dec 2007
Well release schedule or not, when I usually download software directly from macupdate it works. If I want a beta of a program (read Adium currently for me), then I directly do to the website of the developer and get it from there.

Anyway, it is working now. Btw, I have written an email to you (from your website form if I remember correctly) as well and haven't had a reply yet.
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Ktunes Dot Net (developer) replied on 21 Dec 2007
I have not gotten your email or I most certainly would have responded. I just checked again. Please re-send.
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Ktunes Dot Net (developer) replied on 21 Dec 2007
Well jeez, that was my bad. I recently moved from one ISP to another and forgot to update the web form php script to stop using the old mail host. Thanks to you for letting me know. I've fixed the feedback form and tested it and now it is working!

-dave
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Version Downloads:1,770
Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Shareware
Date:08 Apr 2013
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $40.00
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kJams can Rip, Mix, Play and Burn CD+G format discs. Create playlists, sort by name, artist, album etc. Import existing MP3+G files, (zipped or not), search your library. Import QuickTime, optionally zipped Audio+G, bin/cue, CAVS (MCG, NCG), MTU (KMA), Acesonic "CDG", LRC, KTP and UltraStar files , Change the pitch and tempo independently, show the graphics (optionally) full screen and/or (optionally) on a 2nd monitor or TV. Rip using the LAME encoder. Get and submit CD meta-info from freedb. Export CD+G to QuickTime (to iPod & iPhone too!) The Pro version allows individual singers to manage their favorites, history and "tonight" playlists, and manages a "Rotation" smart playlist that interleaves upcoming singers automatically. The Burner lets you burn (optionally pre-pitch-bent) CD+G discs that will play in real Karaoke hardware.


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