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Apr 12, 2001

Spotify is now testing its live lyrics feature in the United States, so some Spotify users will see an option to view lyrics synced to the music they're listening to on an iOS device.


Live lyrics have already been tested and launched in other countries, and Spotify this morning confirmed to Engadget that the feature is available to some users in the United States.
"We can confirm we're currently testing our lyrics feature to a select number of users in the US. At Spotify, we routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve our user experience. Some of those tests end up paving the way for our broader user experience and others serve only as an important learning. We don't have any further news to share at this time."
Spotify's live lyrics feature won't show up for all Spotify users as the company is using A/B testing to determine demand for live lyrics in the U.S. If you have Spotify, you can check to see if live lyrics are enabled by choosing a song and then checking for the lyrics option in the playback controls.

Spotify's live lyrics option is powered by Musixmatch and has previously been launched in 26 markets around the world, including Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, Thailand, and India.

It's not yet clear if the live lyrics feature will fully launch in the U.S. because as Engadget points out, Spotify has tested it in markets like Canada and has then not followed through with the feature's release.

Major Spotify competitor Apple Music has a built-in live lyrics option that has been available since iOS 13. The lyrics in Apple Music scroll as a song plays, keeping time with the music, which is similar to how Spotify's live lyrics work.

Article Link: Spotify Testing Live Lyrics Feature in the United States
Copying Apple Music ehhh?
Does it really matter?
LOL! Apple has notoriously taken ideas from the Spotify playbook for the last few years.
Not copying, they had lyrics before back in 2014 but removed it after their agreement with Musixmatch lapsed. They initialized a new partnership and that's what this is.
Hmm, I thought Apple featured that feature first in Apple Music. But I do know Shazam introduced it first.
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macrumors member
Jul 6, 2020
Spotify UI is so cluttered - song stories, Genius lyric cards, and now this? They need to just simplify things.


macrumors member
Dec 6, 2016
From the screenshot, it looks like there is finally a way to toggle between Canvas and album art. This ability existed for a hot second but was removed for some reason.

Lyrics will be a nice addition.


macrumors 68030
Sep 9, 2017
I’m on the TestFlight beta and sadly don’t have the feature. I’m really hoping they’ll carry through and bring live lyrics to U.S. users, that’s been something I’ve envied of Apple Music ever since it was added.


macrumors 6502
Sep 2, 2017
Long over due, I think. But better later to the party than never. Only for that feature many music enthusiast will use the app, including myself
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