Harmonic
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  • Harmonic has been discontinued
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    Mindquirk Software
Harmonic is lyrics done right. Anywhere.

Harmonic always finds the lyrics you want, quickly and easily. You don't have to do a thing. Fire up the widget and play a song from iTunes. Leave it open in Dashboard and each song that plays will have lyrics added to it in the background while you work or play. It's that easy.

iPod integration If you have an iPod with video or an iPod nano, your lyrics go directly onto the iPod via iTunes. Tap the center button while playing a song to sing along. Have an older iPod? No problem. Just drag the "Harmonic Lyrics" folder from your
What's New
Version 2.3:
  • New, more compact, design for the options toolbar
  • "Clear Lyrics" button now works correctly
  • Additional international support for artists and titles with special characters in the name, like Mötorhead
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later, iTunes 7 or later

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Harmonic User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Pres! commented on 05 Jan 2010
The author mentions on his blog that the music industry shut down the API that Harmonic relied upon at LyricWiki. Without that access, Harmonic can't grab lyrics anymore, just that useless truncated bit that we get now. He is no more pleased than we are:

http://mindquirk.com/2009/08/03/harmonic-is-dead/

The author also started college last fall, so he put Harmonic into open-source here:

http://mindquirk.com/2009/11/13/the-opening-of-the-source/
[Version 2.3]


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+31

Pablito reviewed on 12 Apr 2009
Amazing, incredible. Works great!
[Version 2.3]


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+8

rangerrick337 reviewed on 24 Jun 2008
Finally a lyrics widget that works! I created a macupdate account just to leave my first review because I was amazed at how much this has improved.

I'm not sure what was done on this latest release but it is a night and day difference compared with the version I used 6 or 7 months ago.

I started with Harmonic, and it worked but never that well. Then I switched to Pearlyrics which was marginally better, but still unimpressive.

Today I decided to check if Harmonic had improved and I was surprised to see that lyrics were found and updated in iTunes within the first few seconds of the song! It is now very fast and much more accurate; able to pick up lyrics for many live songs as well. Hats off to the developer.

The one feature I liked of Pearlyrics that Harmonic lacks is the ability to delay the input of lyrics into the song data so that there isn't the common slight pause of the song at the beginning of the track. If it also had a feature to add lyrics to the whole library without having to play each song this widget would be godly.
[Version 2.3]


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Fardilha commented on 20 Jun 2008
Strange.

Harmonic stopped working for me.
I'm not sure if it was after updating Leopard to 10.5.3 of Harmonic to 2.3, but somewhere in the hay something strange happened.
Now, after changing a song on iTunes i can see the lyric being displayed on Harmonic for a split of a second but it changes to "Can't Find Lyrics".
Checking Terminal I can confirm that harmonic did find the lyric, so I don't know why it's not showing it.
[Version 2.3]


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Dave3000 commented on 10 Mar 2008
The 2.2 update rocks! Yeah, this widget can only find lyrics that are already on the web somewhere, it can't make them up by itself. I can live with that.
I had an issue with the paste function on v2.1.1 but the update seems to have fixed that.
Thanks for the great widget.
[Version 2.2]

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Dave3000 replied on 11 Mar 2008
Okay, guess what? I still have a problem. When I click on paste lyrics, I can only paste the last text I "copied" to paste in whatever text app I used before the widget. In other words, if I copied something in text edit to paste, it shows up in the lyric info section of the song. Not the lyrics.
What's up with that?
HELP
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Mindquirk Software (developer) replied on 11 Mar 2008
Dave, I do not understand your issue. You are describing exactly how "copy" and "paste" works in every other application. When you "paste", the last thing that you "copied" is inserted. Where does the problem lie?
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Dave3000 replied on 11 Mar 2008
Hi MindQuirk,
How to explain. Yes I described "cut and paste" as used in other apps. This widget is "pasting" text from another app.
I play a song in iTunes, open Dashboard and the lyrics are in the widget window. I scroll to the bottom and click on the paste arrow. Then I look in the lyric info window in iTunes and I see the last thing I "cut" from another app. So again, all that shows up is for example, "Shel", from when I cut it to paste in another app. The lyrics are not there. "Shel" will also show up in the widget after I click the paste lyrics arrow. When I click clear lyrics, the lyrics show up again, back and forth.
I can sometimes get the widget to finally paste the lyrics by clicking paste, then clearing lyrics and pasting again or some other combo I can't repeat. Did I described the problem well enough? Thanks in advance
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Mindquirk Software (developer) replied on 11 Mar 2008
Dave, again you are describing the intended behavior. There would be no way for you to paste lyrics somewhere unless you have copied them from somewhere first. Since Harmonic does not have a "copy" button, whatever you have copied before is pasted.

The purpose of the "paste" button is to allow you to paste lyrics into the widget in the event it cannot find them, or you want to change the lyrics for some reason.

From the sound of it, you are trying to put the lyrics that Harmonic finds and paste them into the iTunes lyrics field for a certain track. This is unnecessary: Harmonic does that automatically for every track.
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Dave3000 replied on 11 Mar 2008
Whoa! I am such an idiot. I was trying to make it harder than it actually was. It works!!!
Sorry about my confusion, but now I see this is the simplest widget I've ever used. Seriously, thank you for helping me.
Wow, life is good again.
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Mindquirk Software (developer) commented on 08 Mar 2008
ROR01, Harmonic is also free!
[Version 2.1.1]


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+7
Macinspore commented on 04 Feb 2008
It's Good - maybe not pretty - but sweet.

I've used it too find and/or ad lyrics too thousands of songs
[Version 2.0.2]


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+2
Rtouris commented on 03 Nov 2007
ROR01,

I can't see the reasoning behind your unsubstanciated comment, ie. "Forget it". The app you suggest is just that, an app, not a widget that provides that much of an extra degree of freedom between the user and the OS. Granted ver. 2.0.1 might have some issues with Leopard, but i trully belive the dev will remedy asap.
[Version 2.0.1]


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Roro01 commented on 29 Oct 2007
FORGET IT!

FetchYourLyrics is the best application for this purpose and it is free.
[Version 2.0.1]


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Rtouris reviewed on 24 Sep 2007
Does what it says on the tin
[Version 2.0]


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Raykay81 had trouble on 12 Dec 2009
I've been having a problem with mine. This has been working great for me until recently. Only half of the lyrics show up on the window now and are cut short like the example below

jingle bells
jingle b[...]

(btw i don't have jingle bells in my itunes, only lyrics i could think of :/ )
[Version 2.3]


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Lnr1 had trouble on 22 Oct 2009
The newest version never seems to find lyrics anymore. Even for the most popular songs.

What gives?
[Version 2.3]


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laserdan had trouble on 11 Oct 2006
Works fine except it causes iTunes 7.01 to skip near the beginning of most songs, using an Intel iMac.
[Version 1.5.1]


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maconnect had trouble on 23 Jul 2006
doesn't work at all. I always get a "Connection error"
[Version 1.1]

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Swordfish commented on 06 Sep 2006
Same here. It worked for a day and then it always says "connection error".

Strodolwski rated on 06 Oct 2012

[Version 2.3]


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Version Downloads:13,240
Type:Multimedia Design : Image Editing
License:Free
Date:17 May 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Harmonic is lyrics done right. Anywhere.

Harmonic always finds the lyrics you want, quickly and easily. You don't have to do a thing. Fire up the widget and play a song from iTunes. Leave it open in Dashboard and each song that plays will have lyrics added to it in the background while you work or play. It's that easy.

iPod integration If you have an iPod with video or an iPod nano, your lyrics go directly onto the iPod via iTunes. Tap the center button while playing a song to sing along. Have an older iPod? No problem. Just drag the "Harmonic Lyrics" folder from your Music folder into the "Notes" folder on your iPod. Next time you are on the bus and can't figure out that one line, whip to your Extras > Notes > Harmonic Lyrics section on your iPod and experience portably lyrical bliss.

Harmonic is the not only the best looking lyrics widget, it is also the simplest to use. Don't worry about it, it does exactly what you want it to.


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