Unfortunately for family, friends, and neighbors, I like to sing along with whatever is playing on iTunes. It didn’t take long before Jack found a couple of iTunes lyrics apps to, uh, em, help me with my lyrics. Here’s his latest attempt to help me remember lyrics. It’s free.
Singalong Or Stop Singing
iTunes can grab lyrics but seems to stall when it comes to the hundreds and hundreds of CDs we’ve ripped and stored on the family Mac.
Singer Song Reader is a free Mac app which grabs lyrics from more than a dozen online sites so you can singalong, check out lyrics, or add lyrics to your Mac.
Lyrics are grabbed from up to 15 different lyric sites at once, and Singer Song Reader works on music from iTunes as well as streaming radio. In many cases you’ll be able to see an artist’s biography, too. Whatever lyrics you have for songs in iTunes will not be replaced.
You can also batch add lyrics for multiple songs at the same time. Once you’ve accepted the lyrics to match a song, simply press Play in iTunes and the newly found lyrics show up.
Does Singer Song Lyrics work perfectly? No, but neither does iTunes. We have a few thousand songs purchased from iTunes, and a number of those don’t have lyrics because iTunes can’t find them.
As to the hundreds of CDs we’ve ripped to iTunes, that’s where the real difficulties lie– both with lyrics and album art. Both are a work in progress, but Singer Song Reader helps. And it’s free.
Some useful options include a see-through, translucent look (view lyrics, view background Desktop wallpaper), batch lyrics mode, and even see the playing song’s artist biography and top 10 songs (assumes they have 10 songs; I seem to collect a lot of one-hit-wonders). What would really be great is having Singer Song Reader work with iTunes Radio.
Maybe Apple will include song lyrics on the upcoming Beats Music addition to iTunes.