Our philosophy at Mac360 is rather simple. We review Mac apps and utilities that we use ourselves, or would recommend to co-workers, family, and friends (knowing the support issues that might follow).
Here’s a very good Mac app which does something rather unique, and it might be great for you, but it’s not for me. It’s called DesktopLyrics and it does exactly what you think it does. It puts the lyrics to whatever iTunes song is playing at the moment on the Mac’s Desktop for easy viewing.
Where’s My Desktop?
As is the case with most Mac users, I use iTunes. I don’t always like iTunes, but I use iTunes. One feature I use occasionally– and only occasionally– is the lyrics. There are times when I hear a song playing and I’m not sure what’s being sung, so I look up the lyrics. You’ve done that, too, right?
DesktopLyrics displays lyrics from currently playing songs in iTunes on the Mac’s Desktop. The lyrics can be customized to match your Desktop (or, if you prefer, just put the lyrics in the already overcrowded Menubar) background image. Regardless of the settings, though, it’s all going to look something like this.
Exciting, right? Alright, no, not really. It’s just the lyrics, but you can add information about the song and artist, and even display the available album art. You can customize the font, the size, the color, and even font shadows so it matches the background image you’re using.
Speaking of customization, DesktopLyrics has far more options for settings than the functionality would suggest.
Not only can you adjust the behavior and appearance of the lyrics and song info, there are options for the size of the lyric overlay and album art size and where on the Desktop it gets displayed.
What if the song’s lyrics are so long (or, the font is so large) that they would scroll off the Mac’s screen? DesktopLyrics fixes that with multiple pages for songs with long lyrics. They even turn automatically as the song progresses.
Lyrics to a current song can be shared online, of course, including Mail, Facebook, Twitter, et al, but they can be copied to the Mac’s clipboard, too. DesktopLyrics does not go out on the internet and collect lyrics; it only displays what you’ve already captured in iTunes.
The customization options are numerous and useful, and having lyrics nearby while a song is playing can be handy, but viewing them– within my workflow– requires moving a few open app windows out of the way because I never used the Mac’s Desktop unless it’s in the Finder in Column View, but your situation may vary.