Summer is almost over and you haven’t done anything exciting, right? How about living dangerously? Try something on your Mac that you know you want and need but haven’t tried.
Sing along with songs in iTunes. Sure, you’ve done that, but have you done it karaoke style with the song’s lyrics? Fortunately for Mac users, there are a number of Mac apps that dig up lyrics for songs in iTunes so you can sing along.
Lyrics Are Overrated
Song lyrics? Exciting? Sure. What music do you have in iTunes? Plenty of the songs you grew up with, right? Do you remember all the lyrics? Nope. Me neither.
And some of those lyrics I think I remember I really remember wrong.
So, your Mac to the rescue with three ways to dig up iTunes song lyrics so you can sing along to what was hot way back when (danger—I’ve found it’s better to sing songs from the past when no one else is around).
#3 – TuneLyrics: For Mac users who don’t mind a little danger, there’s version .9.x of TuneLyrics, a free app that grabs song lyrics for the song that’s playing in iTunes.
It’s simple. It’s free. It works.
Except when it doesn’t. Some lyrics are difficult to find online, so TuneLyrics features a Google Search button.
#2 – Get Lyrical: Another nifty iTunes companion is Get Lyrical, which does mostly what you think it does. It gets lyrics. Select songs in iTunes and Get Lyrical tries to find them online and saves them so you can sing along later.
Get Lyrical is donationware, so if you like it, use it, fine—but if you like it a lot then the developer will like you a lot when you donate. Of course, based upon your singing ability, you might get friends and family to donate, too—donate to get you to stop singing along with songs in iTunes.
#1 – KaraTunes for Mac: If you’re just not into free apps that can bring back the lyrics from songs of your youth, then KaraTunes for Mac is worth more than a passing look (despite a nominal price tag).
KaraTunes offers a bunch of features, including a complete database of song lyrics so you can find those hard to find lyrics based on a word search. There’s also a feature to upload lyrics to your iPod or iPhone, and watch the lyrics on screen—karaoke style—as the song plays.
That’s three easy ways to get song lyrics into your Mac and iTunes.
One app is free, one app is donationware, and one app has a modest price tag. Any of the three will test the patience of your family and friends as you sing along to the songs that you love.
The graphic above depicts the most popular lyrics (in English) in pop songs just a few years ago. No matter how you slice it, popular song lyrics are all about you and me and I.