One of the problems with having children is that their very presence inhibits your brain’s memory cells.
I have three children, and for each one I have to use all three names before settling on the one name that matches the child I’m talking to. It’s the same with music that’s playing on iTunes. I know the song but I can’t remember the artist or most of the lyrics. But I’m not so addle minded that I can’t remember where my Mac’s Desktop is and that’s where the lyrics reside.
Sing Along Or Hum Along?
When I’m sitting in front of my Mac I’m required by family law to have music from iTunes blaring away. Otherwise, I’ll hear one of my kids climbing to the top of the curtains, yelling all the way, and that’ll distract me.
iTunes plays the music from my youth but my old brain can’t remember lyrics.
DesktopLyrics is one of those wonderful and free Mac apps that brings music lyrics to, well, where else—your Mac’s Desktop; easy to see, easy to get to, easy to get back to work.
The only problem with free is that DesktopLyrics doesn’t go fetch the lyrics online for you. You’ll need Harmonic or GetLyrical or another app that specializes in digging up lyrics for the music in your iTunes playlist.
Fortunately, those Mac apps are free, too, so you have all the tools you need to make a lyrical Mac Desktop and you’re not out the cost of a latte. DesktopLyrics is easy to set up and use.
Preferences have three tabs. The first is basic DesktopLyrics behavior which tells it what to do when iTunes is paused or there are no lyrics.
The second tab is Position. Use the controls to determine where on your Mac’s Desktop you want the lyrics to appear—how far from the top, how far from the right, and so on.
You also get options on lyric font size and color in the Appearance tab.
There’s not much to not like about how DesktopLyrics works those there are some issues with how it looks.
With the wrong Desktop background image on your Mac matched to the wrong font or color you’ll get a less than visually appealing stream of lyrics on your Desktop.
However, that’s really a matter of taste and color coordinating.
DesktopLyrics pulls the lyrics from iTunes and displays them on your Mac’s Desktop. How it looks while residing on the Desktop is completely up to you and is easy to set up using the Preferences.
Also, this is one of those Mac apps that is completely dependent upon other 3rd party Mac apps to work in the first place. You have to use other apps to find the lyrics for the music you have in iTunes to get the whole shebang to work.
Once that effort is complete, the result is quick and dirty access to the lyrics of the song that’s playing in iTunes. Not bad for free.