It’s a feature that the Spotify user community wants and demands: the ability to read lyrics. This option is already available with the “Songs” function that will allow you to see them on the screen, synchronized in real time with the music track.
The feature is now available globally for free and paid (premium) users. It works with iOS, Android, desktop versions, game consoles, and TVs.
This novelty is made possible thanks to the Swedish company’s association with Musixmatch (which already does searches on Spotify, based on results according to what we type into the search engine). mentioned company Allows the provision of technology so that the characters of more than 8 million addresses appear. In addition to using the lyrics to do karaoke, it can also be shared on social networks.
To access this new function, within the application on a cell phone, when playing a song, you must go to the Playback View. Then you have to swipe your finger up from the bottom of the screen. By doing this, you can scroll to the lyrics of the song in real time.
In the desktop version, from the Now Playing (or Now Playing) bar, you have to click the microphone icon while the song is playing. And ready. For TVs, you have to open the Playback view of a song, and move to the right corner until you reach the Songs button.
Last year, Spotify offered real-time lyrics that sync with users’ music in 26 global markets, after initially testing the feature in 2019. That deal was later expanded to 28 markets. Spotify users in Japan have also been able to access the lyrics through a separate agreement with SyncPower.
But users in other markets could only access Behind the Songs (another feature) which featured lyrics punctuated by trivial questions about the song, its meaning, artist, and other comments.
Meanwhile, through the Spotify community feedback forum, thousands of users over the years to the company have expressed their preference for a feature that provides lyrics in real time.
The company says the job It will be available on the big screen through its app for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung, Roku, LG, Sky and Comcast.
Realtime lyrics in music apps have a complex history. When music publishers don’t provide lyrics, companies turn to an outside provider. But these providers don’t always play fair. For example, in 2019 Genius accused Google of stealing its word combination (the Genius tracked down by including secret codes in its words). These messages later appeared in search results for Google.com. But Google said it was the fault of its partner LyricFind.
The Spotify feature that arrived is not new to the app internally, as they have been looking forward to getting it for many years. He had previously worked with Musixmatch to revitalize lyrics during plays, but they parted in 2016.
In these years, the app was offering the “Beyond the Lyrics” functionality (through a partnership with Genius). But it’s not karaoke. It consists of a function with basic information about the songs (without showing the lyrics, except for Japan, where I did).
With this novelty, as revealed by TechCrunch, the app has discontinued the “Behind the Lyrics” functionality.