Every other music streaming service that offers the same feature is now a part of the club.
Do you enjoy singing along to your favourite Spotify tunes, but have you ever yelled “I like big butts in a can of limes”? The good news for individuals who frequently misunderstand words is that Spotify is bringing its real-time lyrics feature to the rest of the world after testing it with a small group of US customers in 26 countries.
Spotify writes that it partnered with Musixmatch, which already powers the service’s lyrics search, to integrate live lyrics into the “majority” of Spotify tracks. Both premium and free users will have access to the feature, available across the desktop app, iOS and Android devices, TV, and consoles. The company has teamed up with Musixmatch to show lyrics before, but that experiment ended in 2016.
To see a song’s lyrics on the mobile app, tap on the “Now Playing View” on a song and swipe up from the bottom of the screen to see the words scroll across in real-time. On desktop, click on the microphone icon in the “Now Playing” bar, and on the SpotifyTV app, open the “Now Playing View” on a song and navigate to the right corner to enable the “lyrics button.”
The option to share lyrics across social media is part of the new function, which will undoubtedly be perceived as a clumsy attempt to appear genuinely sophisticated.
Spotify has long had a “Behind the Lyrics” function, which exposes some intriguing facts about songs with some of the lyrics, thanks to a partnership with Genius. This feature was not well received and is being phased out in favour of live lyrics.
Spotify is a little late to the party—at least when it comes to US subscribers of the world’s most popular music streaming service. Apple Music, Deezer, and Amazon Music all have similar lyrics capabilities.