Originally Posted by 3bs
Has this ever been mentioned by Apple to be something they'll add in the future?
The issue of apps that automate pulling lyrics off the internet aside, Apple did talk about this back in 2009...
Originally Posted by Wired
On the software end of the spectrum, Apple released a new version of its media player, iTunes 9. With this new version of iTunes, Apple is now selling music albums in a new format called iTunes LP, which packages albums with various pieces of multimedia, including sleeve notes, song lyrics and art. Clearly, this is Apple’s move to boost digital album sales in its iTunes Store.
The feature was part of the iTunes LP experience. I don't know how many albums on iTunes give you lyrics as part of the LP, but the premise was that all of these extras only came with the purchase of the full album via iTunes, and there has never (AFAIK) been an expansion into providing this content on a per-song basis. Also I don't buy full albums on iTunes, but I think what you get is a digital booklet with the kind of stuff that's in the CD jacket booklet, as opposed to having the song lyrics put in plain text in the lyrics field of the song (which is what the third-party apps do).
It'd be nice if they had this as an option and if studios released songs this way (and even better if it were added in such a way that iTunes Match could get you the lyrics). Of course, some songs do not have published lyrics.