Spotify is finally bringing real-time lyrics to its music streaming platform, a feature that its competitor Apple Music has had for years. The company confirmed the release of this feature and provided functionality details to TechCrunch. The feature will offer real-time lyrics and users will be able to access the feature by tapping Lyrics at the bottom of the Now Playing screen. It will be available in 26 countries upon launch.
New real-time lyrics feature coming to Spotify in select regions
TechCrunch has reported that Spotify will be partnering with lyric provider Musixmatch to launch full support for real-time lyrics. This new feature will be available in 26 countries across Latin America, Southeast Asia, and India, it will also be available in four countries that already had some form of lyrics support – Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Mexico.
The following countries will get the new feature on June 30th: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, El Salvador, Uruguay, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
With the expansion of lyrics to 26 countries, Spotify will offer lyrics to 27 out of its 79 worldwide markets.
“Spotify’s global partnership with Musixmatch will provide it with access to the world’s largest catalog of lyrics and translations, it says.”
Spotify had worked with Musixmatch in the past but stopped working with them when it teamed up for its “Behind the Lyrics” feature with Genius. But, since Apple Music teamed up with Genius to provide full lyrics for Apple Music users, Apple became the exclusive web player for Genius.
The delay to roll out lyrics for Spotify has been due to the intricate complexities around lyrics and licensing. Providing users with access to legally licensed lyrics on streaming services has been difficult for many companies, according to TechCrunch.
In November last year, it was reported that Spotify had been conducting tests for this feature. Select users in Canada, Mexico, and Indonesia had access to real-time lyric support. Users in Mexico and Indonesia can continue to use this feature upon launch, however, users in Canada will lose access to it.