Music streaming service Spotify recently announced that it is expanding its real-time lyrics feature to more countries after launching it in the United States at the beginning of this year. The feature, which is powered by Musixmatch, will be available for both Free and Premium subscribers.
Spotify’s rolls out real-time lyrics to all users
After initially testing the feature in 2019, Spotify introduced real-time lyrics in 26 worldwide markets which then expanded to 28 markets. But users in other markets have only had access to “Behind the Lyrics,” a feature launched in 2016 in partnership with Genius which offered lyrics in combination with trivia about the song. But, since Apple Music teamed up with Genius to provide full lyrics for Apple Music users, the Cupertino tech giant became the exclusive web player for Genius.
In a blog post announcing the global release of the feature, Spotify said that users will be able to read lyrics on iPhones and Android devices as well as desktop machines, gaming consoles (PS4, PS5, Xbox One), and Smart TVs (Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung, Roku, LG, Sky, and Comcast).
Let’s say it plain and simple: It’s easier to jam out to your latest favorite song when you know the words. That’s why, beginning today, Spotify is empowering millions of fans around the world to sing louder and more confidently than ever with the launch of Lyrics.
To access real-time lyrics, launch Spotify on iOS or Android and tap on the Now Playing view on a song. While listening, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the lyrics which will scroll in real-time, similar to Apple Music’s lyrics. There is also a built-in sharing button at the bottom of the lyrics screen that allows users to select the lyrics they want to share and where they want to share them.
Along with launching global support for podcast subscriptions in 33 new markets, the music streaming giant recently announced that Spotify (the app itself) is arriving in six more countries: Iraq, Libya, Tajikistan, Venezuela, the Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.