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pearLyrics... Ever wanted to dive into the world of those incredibly beautiful lyrics of the song currently playing in iTunes? pearLyrics gives you just that. It looks up song lyrics on the Web as you play songs in iTunes. Sure enough, you can also search for lyrics without playing the song, just enter artist and song title manually. pearLyrics then consults up to ten different servers to do its best and find the lyrics you are looking for. And best of all, you can also tell it to populate the lyrics inside your iTunes Library. Heck, it can even find guitar chords at times. With the standalone app you can also pre-fetch lyrics for more...

What's New

Version 0.6.5: Updated lyrics site parsers. This is an 'unofficial' update contributed anonymously.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3 for standalone application, Mac OS X 10.4 for Dashboard widget.

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Darkstar420 Member IconReview+0
Darkstar420
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This program couldn't find lyrics to artists such as:

Cypress Hill
Disturbed
Eminem
Hollywood Undead
Insane Clown Posse

And tons of other mainstream artists that I routinely have no issue finding lyrics for on GOOGLE nevermind the "10 different sites" this app checks, which google must not be one of...


2 enormous thumbs DOWN, at least it's free...

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Version 0.6.5
Darkstar420
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Lyrics search completed for playlist Library (found 646 out of 6464 tracks)

And I don't listen to non-english, instrumental, or obscure music.

Unacceptable

mrbuffneff Member IconReview+1
mrbuffneff
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This application doesn't work too well. Going through a lot of mainstream songs in my collection the lyrics were not found. I think iTunes 8 has broken this app when it comes to writing to the ID3 tag in an mp3. A valiant effort that has been discarded because the developer was pressured by Warner.

Personally, I think all mp3s on iTunes/Amazon should have the lyrics already so he was doing them a favor. I hate the big music companies.

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Version 0.6.5
bobzozus Member IconComment+41
bobzozus
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My download link for Pearlyric .6.3 was blocked out of the last missive. So, I will try to spell it out. You can download it at the Softpedia website. Mac Os- then dashboard widgets- then under music- on the second page- you will find Pearlyric .6.3. You also might try iLyrics 2.4 (don't try to Download from MacUpdate- it sends you to a site where the file seems unaccessible) & iTunesLyrics 3.2- both found on the first page of the widget section for Music on the Softpedia website. Hope this helps someone!

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Version 0.6.5
bobzozus Member IconComment+41
bobzozus
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Still a great app. However, the developer has been hassled by the record companies- which claims that this little app violates their copy write protection. What? Anyway, this version does not work anymore- it may have been disabled. The good news is if you use version .6.3- it still works. It can be downloaded from this site- the only one I have found that still has it: ! If, for some reason, you can't get it there- I will be happy to send you the dmg. I can't believe this freeware developer is being hassled for providing a service to the Mac community- which makes ITunes that much more enjoyable. No wonder they will all be subsumed by direct to marketing in the coming years. Good riddance! P.S. Sorry about the diatribe- this is just one of life's little injustices that just crawls under one's skin....

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Version 0.6.5
bobzozus
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My download link for Pearlyric .6.3 was blocked out of the last missive. So, I will try to spell it out. You can download it at the Softpedia website. Mac Os- then dashboard widgets- then under music- on the second page- you will find Pearlyric .6.3. You also might try iLyrics 2.4 (don't try to Download from MacUpdate- it sends you to a site where the file seems unaccessible) & iTunesLyrics 3.2- both found on the first page of the widget section for Music on the Softpedia website. Hope this helps someone!

ja1020 Member IconComment+1
ja1020
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So this program used to work very well, then it was pulled for legal reasons, and now it's apparently back. testing this, I've found that lyrics can be found and written to the cache, but it cannot update the lyrics in the ID3 tag of the song.

This is a great program, I hope the developer will come out of the dark, and make it work for (now) iTunes 8.

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Version 0.6.5
hillerica Member IconComment+0
hillerica
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I downloaded pearlyrics and tried to run several songs through it both using itunes and manually putting it in and it always came back "no lyrics found" these were not obscure songs. Does anyone have any suggestions. I have the latest version of itunes and of pearlyrics.

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Version 0.6.3
kedos Member IconComment+46
kedos
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I have 3,999 songs with lyrics in my library, the vast majority thanks to pearlyrics. However, I have 2,420 songs with NO lyrics. A lot of them are foreign songs, which pearLyrics usually doesn't find. A lot are instrumentals, which have no lyrics anyway.
If pearLyrics could search lyricwiki, I think it would have better results. And I really wish it could find lyrics for foreign songs.
Why isn't there a program that goes through your whole library automatically and finds imports all the lyrics for you? If anyone knows of one, tell me.
I like pearLyrics a lot. It's lightweight and does a decent job, but there's still room for improvement.

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Version 0.6.3
bobzozus Member IconReview+41
bobzozus
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I am most pleased with this app. Thank you!

I must say, this is the first app that seems to be LoveLorn Ware. How cool- and romantic. Hope you get your girl, dude!

Now, why I like PearLyric. Let me count the ways.

Oh, before I get into that- why the need for a Lyric Manager in the first place. If you have a CD collection, or do not use ITunes to obtain your music- then you need a Lyric manager to important Lyrics into your ITunes Data Base. PearLyric happens to do this better than any other program I know.

First, PearLyric has a function where you can ask it to search for the Lyrics of all the songs in a particular playlist. Nice.

However, where it really shines is in it's implementation of a dashboard widget. First, for each song that ITune plays- it displays the full Lyrics in dashboard for easy reference.

Most importantly, the PeaLyrics widget not only monitors your ITunes play and Displays Lyrics- but it finds them automatically, too. And, PearLyrics is smart. It only searches for Lyrics not already in your ITunes data base. And, upon finding said missing Lyrics, it automatically inserts them into ITunes! Excellent. And, PearLyrics is fast as well as smart (just like I like my woman- oh, oh.. sorry for the sexist remark- ladies). Anyway, with my broadband connection- it finds Lyrics in about 10 s. or less.

About 90% to 95% of the time it finds Lyrics for the song- at least in the Genres I have been interested in: Blues, Rock, Alternative, Modern, Grunge, Southern & Classic Rock. You get the idea. Fairly popular and recent stuff.

For those 5 to 10% of the time when it can't find Lyrics- PearLyrics is still extremely helpful even when it fails you. With a click of the button-it sends you to a Google search using your favorite browser. Although you get spoiled in that 90-95% of the time when PearLyrics automatically finds & inserts lyrics into Itunes- the manual search is not bad. 95% of the time I can find, copy, and paste the Lyrics into Itunes- within a minute. I just like the fast, smart, and automatic part as mentioned above.

So, to recap. PearLyrics displays your Lyrics in Dashboard. Can search for Lyrics of all your songs in a playlist in a single bound. It automatically searches, finds, and inserts the lyrics into ITunes about 95% of the time. It's just that good!!

To be complete, since I've meandered on this long (and, you are still reading ;). Although I consider PearLyrics to be the most indispensable totally free app on my system- I should mention the not quite so free DonationWare FindYourLyric. FindYourLyric does have significant search advantages if you like to search through your lyrics for that all too significant prose. In that aspect, it beats PearLyric- as well as in the capability to save your Lyrics in RTF format. However, PearLyric is absolutely the best for automating the display, acquisition, and insertion of ITunes Lyrics. At least, it has been responsible for all of the Lyrics being attached to my 1,522 song ITunes library. I couldn't be happier. Great stuff, that PearLyric!!

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Version 0.6.3
MacUpdate-Lon
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You've written some great reviews today, thanks for taking the time to do so.

bobzozus
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Hi Mr. Administrator:

Great Job you folks are doing with MacUpdate. Thanks goes to you, too! I have been able to add to my software collection reasonably- with excellent quality- because of MacUpdate Promos.

As far as thanking me for the time I put in with my reviews today- I do appreciate it. However, it is far, far less time than I imagine these developers put into their FreeWare apps. They really deserve the thanks. My comments were only to aid the Music & Mac lovers (you know who you are- almost everybody on this site) who wish more enjoyment from ITunes- allowed by the excellent freeware I found on MacUpdate. I just hope it helps someone navigate the morass of ITune software a bit better to enjoy Music on their Macs.

Bob Zozus

Dumond Member IconComment+53
Dumond
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Very nice to see the dev make this lil gem public again... I know he went through some legal issues and was forced remove it from circulation!

I can't help but wonder why it's back?!

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Version 0.6.3
Roro01 Member IconComment+0
Roro01
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The best application for finding lyrics is FetchYourLyrics and it is also universal.

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Downloads 157,325
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Date 01 May 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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