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DesktopLyrics is an application that displays the lyrics of the song currently playing in "iTunes" right on your desktop. The lyrics for the song have to be set in iTunes; DesktopLyrics does nothing to fetch them if they aren't available in iTunes. If you don't want to type-in all your lyrics manually you can use an application like "Harmonic", "GimmieSomeTune" or "Get Lyrical" .

Note: As of version 2.0.0, DesktopLyrics is no longer free and costs $3.99. A 'Lite', unsupported version of the app is available here.

What's New

Version 2.6.1:
  • Fixed problem where some fonts could prevent the main window showing

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Julian Krainin Member IconReview+5
Julian Krainin
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Being able to read the lyrics as the song plays adds a whole new dimension to your musical experience! You can understand lyrics that you could never hear clearly before or even hear at all. The developer has proven himself to be very responsive to suggestions and requests for help. He continually adds valuable functions and enhancements to an already wonderful and very modestly priced application. What it does so simply and effectively is of such value that you'd think that iTunes would have long ago made this applcation an integral part of its software. Songs have a new found joy, directness and vitality when their words leap out at you on your screen, and when you have numerous controls to tweak the way they appear. But you also have a lot of control over how you present the album covers on your screen. In fact DesktopLyrics brings back the focus on album covers and artwork, that was sadly lost when Apple somewhat shockingly retired their much loved "cover flow” feature to display album artwork. Overall, DesktopLyrics is so valuable, so much fun and such a great enhancement, that you’ll be sorry you didn’t discover it long ago!

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Version 2.6.1
gordt Member IconReview+0
gordt
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I have been using DesktopLyrics from day 1 and can certainly recommend it. I perform shows singing with accompaniment on my MacBook. I display iTunes smart playlist on one side with DesktopLyrics on the other. I read the lyrics while I sing, unless I have memorized them. Although the auto page turning works well, I do not have the confidence to use it and prefer to have all the lyrics on one page. Therefore I do spend a lot of time shaping my lyrics pages, with different size fonts and the tools allow me to do so. I depend entirely on DesktopLyrics for my shows, and would be lost without it. If I could suggest one feature, it would be to be able to have a tool that says something like "Display all lyrics on one page". This feature may be present, but I might not have figured out how to do it, without much editing.
One comment on finding lyrics (on a Mac anyway). Just do a search such as 'lyrics It's a wonderful world', and choose from any of the number of sites that has the lyrics. For a specific version, try search 'lyrics It's a wonderful world louis armstrong'.

A great app. Thanks Julian.

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Version 2.6.1
Macuppity Member IconReview+0
Macuppity
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Seems to do what it does well, but I for one prefer to have my lyrics in a window rather than on the desktop. Some alternatives for this are Cover Version (a visualizer) and the app called simply Lyrics.

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Version 2.5.5
LucySky Member IconReview+1
LucySky
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I started using DesktopLyrics way back when it was still free and I am glad that the developer made the jump to the Mac Appstore. First of all, I think it's important to support the apps you love and use a lot to ensure future development. Also it's very clear that a ton of new features have been added to DesktopLyrics since version 2 - every customizability option under the sun is present by now and the app is much more polished.

If you are looking for a lightweight iTunes companion to display lyrics for the tracks you're listening to, you can't go wrong with DesktopLyrics. You can tweak the display of the lyrics in every way imaginable and the app uses very little system resources. Also, I like the fact that you don't have to have a dedicated window open to see your lyrics - DesktopLyrics stays out of your way and doesn't clutter your dock and menubar.
Features like global shortcuts and automatic page turning are icing on the cake and the new post-processing stuff with Python scripts sounds very powerful (I haven't tried it yet, though).

All in all I can highly recommend DesktopLyrics - it does exactly what it says it does and it does it extremely well (for fetching lyrics I can recommend "Get Lyrical", which has already been mentioned by some of the other users here).

Also, I contacted the developer because of an issue with my preferences and a feature request - the problem was taken care of immediately and the feature I asked for will be in the next update. Simply amazing!

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Version 2.5.0
HansMueller4641 Member IconReview+3
HansMueller4641
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best app for lyrics display on the mac. only "downside" is that you have to have lyrics in your files beforehand (try "Get Lyrical").

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Version 2.2.0
Jimw Member IconComment+452
Jimw
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Thank you for using my suggestion about listing changes on your description rather than just on your history log on your web site.

After looking at both I am confused about one thing. On your description here it states the program as added support to fetch lyrics but on your website it suggests you need to use a 3rd party program to do this as the program only fetches lyrics from iTunes. Please explain or correct one of the descriptions.

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Version 2.1.0
zipur
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http://www.crintsoft.com This is the app you are looking for. It will fetch the lyrics and auto scroll what ever is playing.

CoreCode (developer)
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> it states the program as added support to fetch lyrics

there is no support for automatically fetching song lyrics as this is illegal without paying $$$ millions to record companies.

however, there is support for starting a google search for the lyrics of the current song. since both the google search and the entry of the lyrics of the current song can be initiated with hotkey-combinations this is quite fast compared to doing it manually.

Julian Krainin Member IconReview+5
Julian Krainin
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DesktopLyrics is a pure pleasure and joy to use! If you enjoy lyrics and you find that having them displayed on a screen enhances your music experience, then this latest version of DesktopLyrics is well worth the modest $3.99 price. The newly added easily customizable features are simple, effective and in combination make for a delightful and handsome presentation. I don't understand those who quibble over a developer charging a very modest price for the effort he or she made to in order to create a very useful, practical and well designed piece of software. About a year ago I complained about what I felt was a problem in the earlier much simpler version of DesktopLyrics, By so doing likely inflicting what was probably disproportionate grief on the part of the developer. But as a result of my comment the developer promptly corrected the problem. This is an example of the responsive and attentive service provided by this developer. But the bottom line is that this is an excellent piece of software that works works well, looks great, is conveniently and easily customizable, overall a pleasure to use, and worth every penny of the $3.99 that is charged for it.

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Version 2.0.1
Jimw Member IconComment+452
Jimw
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I have visited the developers website. There does not seem to be a feature comparison between the 2 versions. About the only difference that is obvious is some slight interface changes, 64bit compatibility, and artwork, which is already visible in iTunes. So until the developer demonstrates any real value in paying $4 for this product I intend to stay with the free version.

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Version 2.0.1
CoreCode (developer)
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if the old version is sufficient for your needs i'd recommend to keep using it, there is no pressure to upgrade and i won't remove the free version in the future.

the improvements in version 2 are clear from the changelog ( http://www.corecode.at/desktoplyrics/history.html ). there are a bit more than the ones you listed. additionally the paid version
• gives you technical support while the free version is unsupported - i no longer have the time to spend endless hours supporting free products
• allows you to send feature requests my way and i will most likely work on implementing it for a future version (if possible&reasonable)

Jimw
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Unfortunately you are viewing this from any programmers and developers perspective rather than the users perspective. Most users looking to description see with the features of the product are not the version history. Additionally the version history link is not very visible unless you really look for it.

Based on the recent of the version history it does show that a lot of improvements for the product have been made since version 2.0. Perhaps you should consider including some reason your description.

In regards to comments about support, I must totally agree with them. Other than reporting bugs in the product I don't see why the developers of free software to be required to give detailed technical support, provided they provide a reasonable amount of documentation.

However I find your comments about feature request to be a bit bizarre. Learning what customers wish to have included in the product gives you an opportunity to make the product more marketable and to sell more copies of the product. if I were a developer I would encourage customers, whether free or paid, to 70 features that they like to see product. Most of the time users have a totally different perspective and developer, and developers should listen to them if they want to make the product more marketable and interesting.

Personally I think it is a big mistake to be charging customers four dollars to include the privilege of allowing them to tell you about features that they would like to be included in future versions.

However if your program so you certainly have the right to do with it as you see fit.

Popop Member IconComment+10
Popop
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4 dollars for a feature you don't see/notice most of the time is waaay overpriced.

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Version 2.0.0
Cls9 Member IconReview+16
Cls9
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Love this app when it can find the lyrics—unfortunately, that's only about 10% of the time. Couldn't even find traditional Christmas songs.

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Version 1.3.6
Xandra
+5

Use TunesText to find the lyrics. Desktop Lyrics is about displaying them on the desktop
Did you read description above?
It clearly says: "The lyrics for the song have to be set in iTunes, DesktopLyrics does nothing to fetch them if they aren't available in iTunes"

Cls9
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Yes, I read the description, I'm not illiterate. The fact remains that wherever the lyrics come from, I could only find 10% of them. Maybe you have a better way? Or maybe you're the developer. :D

CoreCode (developer)
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i am the developer. as the documentation and description state, the app only /displays/ the lyrics and does not fetch them. please don't criticize the app because it doesn't do something it wasn't designed to do. if *another* app fails to fetch lyrics for your songs, its not the fault of DesktopLyrics but of this other app.

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Erinblythe
Version 1.3.6
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8bit
Version 1.3.3
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Thresher-The-Shark
Version 1.3.3
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Downloads 30,433
Version Downloads 837
License Demo
Date 05 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $3.99
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