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Apr 12, 2001

The second beta of macOS Catalina 10.15.4 was released today, and the new update introduces support for time-synced lyrics in the Apple Music app.


Apple Music for Mac previously provided access to lyrics, but they did not scroll in real-time to the music, which is a feature that's been available on iOS since iOS 13 was released. As noted by 9to5Mac, the time-synced lyric feature addition is mentioned in the macOS Catalina 10.15.4 release notes.

Lyrics in Apple Music for Mac can be accessed by playing a song and then clicking on the little speech bubble that's located at the top right of the app.

Not all songs have lyrics or time-synced lyrics, but lyric information is available for most popular titles. Songs with time-synced lyrics will feature an interface that scrolls through the lyrics as they're sung.

When real-time lyrics were introduced for iOS 13 in September 2019, Apple Music lead Oliver Schusser said in an interview that Apple has a team of employees that listen to songs and transcribe the lyrics to ensure their accuracy for use in the time-synced lyrics feature rather than sourcing lyrics from a third-party provider.

Article Link: macOS Catalina 10.15.4 Beta 2 Adds Support for Real-Time Lyrics in Apple Music App
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macrumors 6502
May 5, 2011
I am assuredly alone in this, but I really like the new Lyrics feature and I also really like iTunes. I haven’t upgraded to macOS 10.15 Catalina because I’m holding on to iTunes, but this Lyrics feature is the first crack in the dam.
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Internet Enzyme

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Feb 21, 2016
Holy ****, that's actually some great news. I just wish that they would implement the lyrics/up next functionality so that it wouldn't slide over and occlude the view. Its a bad design that doesnt really fit with any of the app's different layouts

Internet Enzyme

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Feb 21, 2016
it appears that the miniplayer has been altered slightly. It has the stop light now.
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What happens when you cliick the green fullscreen button?

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This fullscreen mode can also be accessed through a new menu item and keyboard shortcut
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macrumors regular
Sep 19, 2019
So now it can do (in beta) what foobar2000 already did back in the 2000s? Good job.


macrumors 68040
Apr 23, 2013
Does this only work if you subscribe to Apple Music? Will it work with my iCloud Matched songs?

Matt Leaf

macrumors 6502
Feb 5, 2012
Have to say the new FullScreen MiniPlayer is GREAT. Not even Apple TV looks this nice when playing tunes. The MiniPlayer FS now has a soft, slowly animating background that matches the album cover colour tones. SO great even better Airplay'ed to my Apple TV.

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