DesktopLyrics
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Displays current iTunes song lyrics on desktop.   Demo ($3.99)
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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 2.5.5:
  • Added option to split lyrics non-evenly across multiple pages
  • Improved stability
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7.0 or later



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DesktopLyrics User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Macuppity reviewed on 28 Jan 2014
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.
[Version 2.5.5]


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LucySky reviewed on 04 Dec 2013
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!
[Version 2.5.0]


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HansMueller4641 reviewed on 20 Jun 2013
best app for lyrics display on the mac. only "downside" is that you have to have lyrics in your files beforehand (try "Get Lyrical").
[Version 2.2.0]


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Jimw commented on 21 Nov 2012
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.
[Version 2.1.0]

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zipur replied on 19 Dec 2012
http://www.crintsoft.com This is the app you are looking for. It will fetch the lyrics and auto scroll what ever is playing.
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CoreCode (developer) replied on 28 Sep 2013
> 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.
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Julian Krainin reviewed on 25 Aug 2012
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.
[Version 2.0.1]


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Jimw commented on 13 Aug 2012
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.
[Version 2.0.1]

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CoreCode (developer) replied on 14 Aug 2012
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)
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Jimw replied on 14 Aug 2012
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.
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Popop commented on 07 Jul 2012
4 dollars for a feature you don't see/notice most of the time is waaay overpriced.
[Version 2.0.0]


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Cls9 reviewed on 08 Dec 2011
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.
[Version 1.3.6]

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Xandra replied on 04 Jan 2012
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"
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Cls9 replied on 04 Jan 2012
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
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CoreCode (developer) replied on 06 Jul 2012
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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Misha reviewed on 10 Jul 2011
Still working under Lion :) Had to open up the prefs and "remind" it which display to show on, but then it worked fine!
[Version 1.3.4]


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Roro01 reviewed on 27 Feb 2011
The best of its kind!!!
[Version 1.3.3]


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Julian Krainin had trouble on 31 Aug 2011
WARNING! Arrow keys completely malfunction with the current 1.3.5 version of DesktopLyrics running under Lion 10.7. At least for me that was my consistent and repeatedly demonstrable experience. Because there is no information out there yet about this issue and because it was completely unexpected, it took a combination of the Apple Genius Bar and AppleCare more than three hours to find the culprit responsible for my arrow keys improperly working or not working at all in my MacBook Pro. The arrow keys malfunction under DesktopLyrics 1.3.5 in menu lists, and file & folder lists as well as in text applications such as the current versions of Pages and Word for the Mac. Before this problem occurred I loved using DesktopLyrics and it worked very well. Hopefully this issue will be addressed promptly by its developers.
[Version 1.3.5]

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Corecode (developer) replied on 02 Dec 2011
first of all, with ANY problem please always contact the developer directly (too), we developers can't spend our whole time searching the whole internet for possible reports of problems.

please contact me at with more details, i'd like to resolve this and any other issue.

i'm not sure what "The arrow keys malfunction under DesktopLyrics" is supposed to mean. do you want to say that while DesktopLyrics is running, the array keys stop functioning in other apps? this would be quite weird and not something i can reproduce. also note that of course, if you have set global hotkeys (e.g. with arrow keys) for activating DesktopLyrics functions like "next/previous page" these same keys (or key combinations) stop working in other apps. if you have set the arrow keys to control DesktopLyrics, they won't work in other apps anymore - of course you should choose unique key-combinations here. i will have to add something here to prevent misconfiguration and make this more obvious.
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Roro01 had trouble on 24 Feb 2008
The application quits on launch - something that didn't happen with the previous version. iMac Intel 10.4.11
[Version 1.0.4]



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Lookky rated on 22 Nov 2012

[Version 2.1.0]



Erinblythe rated on 20 Jun 2012

[Version 1.3.6]



+3

8bit rated on 27 Mar 2011

[Version 1.3.3]



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Thresher-The-Shark rated on 28 Feb 2011

[Version 1.3.3]


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License:Demo
Date:17 Jan 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
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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.


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