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Apple Music users will now be able to sing along to their favorite songs even if they forget the words. This is thanks to Apple teaming up with Genius—the music encyclopedia and database—to bring song lyrics to the streaming music service.
Music fans are obsessed with song lyrics. It’s why so many song lyric sites exist online. However, with most of us now listening to music through a streaming service, it makes sense to display lyrics in the apps themselves. Cue Apple Music and Genius.
Apple Music Teams Up With Genius
The Apple Music and Genius partnership works both ways. Genius will now provide the lyrics for “thousands of hit songs on the service”. Thus, Apple Music users will be able read along with the lyrics as they listen to their favorite songs.
On the flip side, the Genius website and app now have an embedded Apple Music player. This means (signed in) Apple Music subscribers who visit the Genius website or open the Genius app can listen to the songs without having to open Apple Music.
? GENIUS GETS SMART WITH APPLE MUSIC ?
we’re proud to make @applemusic our first official music player, AND to add the world’s best lyrics to Apple Music’s growing database, providing lyrics to thousands of hit songs ?
more info ? https://t.co/wC1IpYe17Y pic.twitter.com/dhWFAyvGxM
— Genius (@Genius) October 11, 2018
In a post on Genius.com, Ben Gross, Chief Strategy Officer at Genius, said:
“Being able to read lyrics and annotations on Genius while you listen along on Apple Music is a dream Genius experience. We’re proud to make Apple Music our official music player, and we’re doubly excited to bring Genius lyrics to their amazing platform.”
What About Spotify’s Behind the Lyrics?
Interestingly, Genius has an existing partnership with Spotify. This means that for certain songs, you’ll see some of the lyrics and snippets of “Behind the Lyrics” information. It will be interesting to see how Genius’ Apple Music deal affects Spotify moving forward.
This is all healthy competition that’s only likely to force both Spotify and Apple Music to up their game. Which is why we’ve tried to help you pick the best music streaming service for you, and explained how to move to a new music streaming service.