Spotify launches lyrics feature globally for all users

Available across all platforms

Today, Spotify is finally releasing its real-time lyrics feature globally, after only offering it in a limited selection of countries.

The lyrics are provided by Musixmatch, which claims to offer lyrics for “over 8 million” songs. And, it will be accessible on basically every platform where Spotify has an app. Plus, the feature is available to both free and premium listeners.

In addition to using the lyrics to sing along yourself, there’s also a social element that allows you to share the lyrics on social media. Spotify says the feature will be available across the “majority” of its music library.

Below is how you can access the lyrics (and share them) as per Spotify’s instructions:

Tap on the “Now Playing View” on a song.

While listening, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

You’ll see track lyrics that scroll in sync with the song while playing!

To share, simply tap the “Share” button at the bottom of the lyrics screen, then select the lyrics you want to share and where you want to share it.

On the Spotify mobile app

From the “Now Playing” bar, click on the microphone icon while a song is playing.

Voila! You’ll see track lyrics that scroll in sync with the song playing.

On the Spotify desktop app

Open the “Now Playing View” on a song.

Navigate to the right corner to the “lyrics button” and select to enable Lyrics.

Once enabled, you’ll see the lyrics in the “Now Playing” View.

On the SpotifyTV app

Spotify’s history with lyrics is complicated. It worked in the past with Musixmatch to display song lyrics until parting ways with the company in 2016. Since then, it’s offered a “Behind the Lyrics” feature thanks to a partnership with Genius. It’s an exciting feature that provides background information on songs, but it’s less useful for karaoke sessions. Although it’s offered lyrics in some markets, like Japan, the feature hasn’t received a widespread launch in western markets like the US.

With the introduction of the new lyrics feature, Spotify tells TechCrunch that it’s discontinuing its “Behind the Lyrics” feature.

Source: The Verge


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