I sing in the shower. Well, to be honest, I’ve been banned from singing anywhere else. Despite the ban, when no one is around I’ll crank up iTunes on my Mac and sing along to my special blend of golden oldies.
The songs I love, the lyrics I think I know, and a voice that scares dogs and makes babies cry. The whole thing is made worse by grabbing music lyrics online which only encourages my habit.
Have Lyrics, Will Sing For Money
The problem with song lyrics is multifold. The lyrics I remember are different than the actual song. Finding lyrics online takes effort. Enter one of a number of Mac apps that find lyrics for iTunes.
MassiveLyrics finds lyrics for songs in iTunes.
It’s a free Mac app that works in three steps.
First, select the songs that need lyrics. Second, open MassiveLyrics and click the Get button. Third, once lyrics have been found for the songs you selected, click the Write (all found lyrics to iTunes) button to move the lyrics to iTunes.
There’s not much else going on. Repeat: select the songs in iTunes that need lyrics. Then click Write all found lyrics to iTunes button.
If everything goes well, the lyrics that MassiveLyrics found online will show up in iTunes.
Therein lies the problem. It’s the internet. Not everything goes well all the time.
First, lyrics to all songs are not available.
Second, some lyrics are not available because of copyright issues. Third, MassiveLyrics relies on LyricWiki for lyrics.
That’s not good or bad but it’s a single source supplier for lyrics so if they don’t have the lyrics you want on LyricWiki then you’ll need something else to track them down.
Fortunately, there are many other options, though some are not so free. Start with 3 Ways To Add Song Lyrics To iTunes, then move to Put iTunes Music Lyrics On Your Mac’s Desktop, or checkout The Top 10 iTunes Utilities.
The only other problem I have with iTunes song lyrics is finding out that the actual lyrics are different than what I remember them to be. Why would artists change the lyrics to their songs?
UPDATE – Looks like Massive Lyrics turned out to be not so massive and the app is no longer available.