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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Rap Genius, the site that recently had a run-in with Google for its dubious SEO strategies, today launched an official Genius iOS app that allows users to access the site's archive of song lyrics.

The app includes access to annotated lyrics for millions of songs, and it also includes lyrical breakdowns and explanations that delve into the meaning behind phrases and words in music. Annotations found within the Genius app are designed to explain cryptic lines, reveal references and inside jokes, define unusual terms, and give context.

Have you ever been confused by a song's lyrics? Or wondered what your favorite artist meant by a line? Now you'll never have to worry about this (or anything) ever again! Genius breaks down lyrics with line-by-line annotations, many contributed by the artists themselves.
Genius also functions similarly to Shazam or Soundhound, identifying songs that are playing nearby. According to the app's description, it uses "Genius Recognition Technology" to listen to songs and provide lyrics for whatever's playing.
Genius isn't just a music app; it's your pocket guide to human culture. So whether you're looking for the true meaning of a line from The Great Gatsby, a breakdown of President Obama's latest speech, or a guide to Matthew 25, we've got you.
Genius by Rap Genius can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Rap Genius Launches 'Genius' iOS App for Song Lyric Discovery


macrumors G5
May 2, 2002
Good ol' App Store discoverability. Direct link works, but a search for "genius by rap genius" comes up empty...


Managing Editor
Staff member
Dec 7, 2012
Good ol' App Store discoverability. Direct link works, but a search for "genius by rap genius" comes up empty...

That happens sometimes when an app is newly released. Should be searchable after a couple of hours though.


macrumors 603
Dec 31, 2001
Mpls, MN
Very interesting. Soundhound seems to be getting fewer songs with available lyrics, rather than more.


macrumors member
Jul 6, 2008
New York, NY
Requires 7.0 or later

Dag, I tried downloading, then see that it requires 7.0 or later. I have a 4S and still not sure about updating my ios just yet. Any 4S users here, how is the latest in ios working for you ?
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