Spotify adds support for lyrics, helping people sing along to their favorite tunes

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What you need to know

  • Spotify can now show lyrics for music.
  • The functionality is available on the Windows, console, iOS, Android, and TV versions of Spotify.
  • Spotify partnered with Musixmatch to deliver the feature.

Spotify now has the ability to show lyrics for songs. The feature works on the desktop, console, iOS, Android, and TV versions of Spotify. Support includes both Windows PCs and Xbox consoles such as the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

To power the feature, Spotify partnered with Musixmatch. Both free and premium Spotify users can browse lyrics as they listen to music.

Spotify outlines how to use the feature on its desktop app in its news post:

  1. From the "Now Playing" bar, click on the microphone icon while a song is playing.
  2. Voila! You'll see track lyrics that scroll in real time while the song plays.

On Xbox consoles, as well as other devices that use the SpotifyTV app interface, you can view lyrics by following these steps:

  1. Open the "Now Playing View" on a song.
  2. Navigate to the right corner to the "lyrics button" and select if you want to enable Lyrics.
  3. Once enabled, you'll see the lyrics in the "Now Playing" View.

Spotify shares that lyric support is one of the most requested features for the streaming platform. Now that it's available, it's easier to sing along to the most popular songs on the service. Spotify states that lyric support is accessible "across the majority of [its] extensive library of tracks."

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  • That's not a feature I ever needed. What I NEED is a system that lets me either stream from MY library on OneDrive or alternatively stream ONLY the albums/artist I want (e.g., the ones in my library) via THEIR servers. Nobody does that, least of all Spotify. They are useless to me.
  • I'm really glad that Spotify builds its plans exclusively around which features you need. It would be rude to roll out features that have been requested by other users.
  • Gee. That's really clever. And absolutely pointless to the issues I brought. At no point did I suggest the features I need had to be exclusive.
  • I think he was being sarcastic....
  • The problem is your "point" is irrelevant to the article. If you don't like Spotify, don't use it.
  • I was just being painfully candid.
  • I agree the above sounds entitled. To a degree, I share their sentiment though. Microsoft partnered to make Spotify the default music streaming service on Windows after they shuttered Groove Music Pass. I'd have really liked to see part of that partnership bring features to Spotify that Microsoft previously had with Groove (like streaming my personal files from OneDrive or at least building a proper UWP client), but unfortunately that's not the world we live in.
  • Tidal has rolled this out to their mobile apps but not on desktop yet. It's a fun feature to have.
  • but i remember seeing lyrics on Spotify on my laptop before as well, how is this a new feature i am confused now 😵
  • It's to late? We had this in Spotify before Spotify made a decision to remove all 3rd party mods and made it one of the worst music streaming platform for atleast 4years. Yt music have this AND music video but will we wait 4 years to get that to??