Spotify Is Integrating Apps Directly into Their Desktop Service

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Spotify may have killed the App Finder, but they’re finding ways to integrate apps directly into their service.

Musixmatch lyrics will be directly integrated into Spotify’s new desktop app. A lyrics button will be available next to the play bar at the bottom of the window.

Musixmatch’s Explore button lists lyrics for Spotify’s most popular songs.

Spotify is also working with popular apps like BBC Playlister and Digster to further integrate new features.


Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more: @nine_u

8 Responses

  1. jw

    I wonder if Spotify realizes how unreliable MusiXmatch’s lyrics can be.

    I still think this should be a premium service, but not until the publishers get the content together.

  2. Remi Swierczek

    They should crawl right thru the screen to freeloader’s rear end!
    It will definitely create environment for gigantic IPO!

  3. yas

    Indeed, licensing bigger stuff while “crowdsourcing” lyrics from smaller acts and labels. is that legal / does spotify want to be involved with this?

  4. Casey

    Well I’ll expect this sometime next year then. Seriously it takes endless months for these gradual rollouts.

    • jw

      Just google Spotify Beta. There’s always a link to download the latest build on their Help forums.

  5. Kevin Harlowe

    Not a fan of Spotify and refuse to use them even at the free tier. So can someone share with us how they are posting the lyrics? Is it in time with music – karaoke style or just one big page. If Karaoke style, such that the lyrics scroll in time with the music, then Spotify, as the publisher of the content, should (must) be required to get a synch license from the rights holders. Synch licenses also typically pay 50% rather than whatever the labels trickle down from the per stream fee. If the synch is required and they do not have such a license, then Spotify is liable for copyright infringement (not the first time for Mr. Ek).

    Nina – please update.

    • Joe V

      Contemporaneous display of lyrics” is a sync use. ABKCO Music, Inc. v. Stellar Records, Inc. 96 F.3d 60, 65 USLW 2212, 1996 Copr.L.Dec. P 27,569, 40 U.S.P.Q.2d 1052

      A synchronization license is required if a copyrighted musical composition is to be used in “timed-relation” or synchronization with an audiovisual work. 4 Melville B. Nimmer & David Nimmer, Nimmer on Copyright § 24.02[f] (1995)

      Most commonly, synch licenses are necessary when copyrighted music is included in movies and commercials. See 4 Nimmer § 24.04[C][1]. The “synch” right is a right exclusively enjoyed by the copyright owner. Buffalo Broadcasting Co., Inc. v. ASCAP, 744 F.2d 917, 920 (2d Cir.1984), cert. denied, 469 U.S. 1211, 105 S.Ct. 1181, 84 L.Ed.2d 329 (1985).

      The Copyright Act does not explicitly confer synchronization rights, but courts have held that the synch right is derived from the exclusive right of a copyright owner, under 17 U.S.C. § 106(1), to reproduce his work. Agee v. Paramount Communications, Inc., 853 F.Supp. 778, 786 (S.D.N.Y.1994), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 59 F.3d 317 (2d Cir.1995); Angel Music, Inc. v. ABC Sports, Inc., 631 F.Supp. 429, 433 n. 4 (S.D.N.Y.1986).

      “Audiovisual works” are defined as works that consist of a series of related images which are intrinsically intended to be shown by the use of machines or devices such as projectors, viewers, or electronic equipment, together with accompanying sounds, if any, regardless of the nature of the material objects, such as films or tapes, in which the works are embodied. 17 U.S.C. § 101