Spotify Is Actively Testing Realtime Lyrics in Certain Markets

Spotify Is Actively Testing Realtime Lyrics in Certain Markets
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Spotify Is Actively Testing Realtime Lyrics in Certain Markets
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Music streaming giant Spotify is testing a new feature in its mobile app that provides real-time lyrics in sync with the music it is playing. The feature, which is powered by Musixmatch, scrolls a song’s lyrics in time with the music. The company is testing it in select, yet unnamed international markets, which are said to include Canada, Mexico and Indonesia.

Spotify confirmed the testing of the feature in a statement to TechCrunch. A spokesperson for the company said, “We can confirm we are testing this feature in a small number of markets. At Spotify, we are always testing new products and experiences but have no further news to share at this time.”

On enabled devices, the lyrics appear in their own box underneath the playback controls, where both Behind the Lyrics and Storyline currently exist. The lyrics further display in full-screen mode as well.

This new feature is a significant addition to Spotify’s app, and it will be interesting to see how it is received by users. The ability to see real-time lyrics in sync with a song is a feature that has been requested by users for years, and it is something that many people have been waiting for.

A number of years ago, Spotify briefly had a similar feature in the desktop version of their app. After it was removed, many users requested its return. In fact, one such request, which was posted on the company’s user feedback community board, was upvoted more than 14,000 times. But the company, at least until now, has refused to grant the request.

It is not even certain that the feature will remain after testing has been completed, as the company often tests features that are eventually withdrawn. However, if it is well received by users, it is likely that Spotify will make the feature available to all users.

The move comes in the wake of Apple adding real-time lyrics to its Apple Music app along with the launch of iOS 13. While the feature in and of itself may not get users to switch from Spotify to Apple Music, it does offer a distinct competitive advantage. The latter is still trying to make up a nearly 2-1 advantage the former enjoys in paid users.

Amazon, too, has added real-time lyrics when music plays on Alexa-enabled devices. This shows that there is a growing demand for this feature among music lovers, and it is likely that other companies will follow suit in the near future.

In conclusion, the addition of real-time lyrics to Spotify’s mobile app has been long-awaited by users, and it is a significant addition to the platform. It remains to be seen whether the feature will remain after testing has been completed, but if it is well received by users, it is likely that Spotify will make it available to all users. The move comes in the wake of Apple adding real-time lyrics to its Apple Music app, and it is clear that there is a growing demand for this feature among music lovers. It will be interesting to see how other companies respond to this trend in the near future.

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