how does iTunes' lyrics option work?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by flat6, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. flat6 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2004
    I just installed this awesome widget (pearLyrics) that automatically drops in lyrics for songs into iTunes as I play them. Which is great. However, I would have thought that doing a Spotlight search for them would make the song show up. So, if I remember one line of a song, I can punch into Spotlight and voila, the song is revealed. But it doesn't seem to want to do that. Any ideas?

    Cliffs: Have songs with lyrics under the Get Info > Lyrics part of iTunes. Spotlight doesn't seem to search there though.
  2. flat6 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2004
  3. killuminati macrumors 68020


    Dec 6, 2004
    If you use a widget called "Sing that iTune", it saves the lyrics to your hardrive so you can spotlight them.
  4. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
  5. anaxamander macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2005
    Spotlight isn't set up for lyrics. Spotlight is the front end to the new Tiger metadata tools. They only go so far in getting a few pieces of information. You can see what it gets yourself by opening a window and typing:

    mdls /path/to/your/song.mp3

    and you won't see that information there. All that means is that Apple decided (arbitrarily) to only go so far - I remember seeing some metadata tool that went a little further, but that was before iTunes5, so I doubt lyrics would be included.

    On an mp3, lyrics are stored on the USLT (unsyncronized lyrics) tag - on an m4a they are stored on the "©lyr" atom. Apple essentially decides whatever atom name they want - they are the de-facto standard.

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