Apple Music has been offering lyrics since iOS 10, upgrading to last year’s iOS and Mac’s time-synced lyrics earlier this year. Spotify is doing the same thing now – but sadly most of us don’t have access to the feature …
TechCrunch reported that the feature is primarily limited to Southeast Asia, India and Latin America. This follows the previous limited-scale test.
Last November, Spotify confirmed that it was testing real-time lyrics with music in selected markets. Testing tomorrow, the company will announce the launch of its new song features in 26 markets worldwide across Southeast Asia, India and Latin America. The song will be sung for the first time out of 22 of these 26, as only Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Mexico have received some support for the melody in the past through other suppliers. […]
The feature will provide real-time lyrics in the language in which the songs are sung […] The following markets will have access to the new features from tomorrow: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua, Panama, El Paraguay, Paraguay, Paraguay, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong
It must go straight within an hour.
As Sara Perez of TechCrunch explains, the reason it is not widely available is because of the licensing challenge. Genius is the main provider of songs and sometimes deals exclusively with publishers. Other companies were frustrated by this and sometimes resorted to IP theft.
Last year, for example, the genius sued Google and its song partner Lyricfind for ল 50 million, claiming it had got Lyricfind red-handed by stealing his lyrics. Genius used a clever digital watermarking technique where he straightened the second, 5th, 13th, 14th, 16th and 20th atrophes of each watermarked song with the curly ascites and all the other astrophones. Interpreted as Morse code, spell the word “redhanded” in the pattern.
Apple has a lyrics deal with Genius and has achieved even more with the purchase of Shazam, which speaks of time-related songs. But I argued last year that the company’s game here should be up.
Whether iTunes or Apple Music will always have a lyric seems to be random. It would be understandable if the popularity of the artist or song would decline, but that is not the case. It often provides nothing for several well-known artists and tracks, and yet it holds up for a really obscure album.
Some albums have no lyrics, others have lyrics for all tracks, and some have lyrics for all but not all. […]
The lyrics of the lyricist-lyricist genre are especially important. Artists who come to this section often write the words first, because they have something to say and then set them to music.
So if Apple doesn’t do anything else, it can do one thing: prioritize the lyricist’s writing style when its lyric database is sorted. Start there, and then build the exterior.
More than half of the readers said that the lyrics are very important to them.
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