As I hold my expensive iPhone 8 in one hand and a $5 coffee in the other, I think about how it is such a struggle to have to exit out of my music player, go to Google, google the lyrics to the song I’m listening to, find the lyrics, go back to to my music player, start the song over, and then go back to the lyrics just to be able to follow along. I mean, ugh, what a hassle right?
Link and build. 🤜🤛
Apple Music is now the official music player for @genius! Oh, and we’ve added Genius-powered lyrics to thousands of songs on Apple Music. https://t.co/9g9vAh45BQ pic.twitter.com/7lxZHZWiIg
— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) October 11, 2018
Well, not anymore — at least for Apple Music users. Apple Music and Genius have teamed up to add lyrics in the Apple Music app to create better in-app experience.
Genius, once known as Rap Genius, is one of the most-used websites for looking up lyrics. It acts as an encyclopedia of music open to all in order to delve into their favorite songs.
“Being able to read lyrics and annotations on Genius while you listen along on Apple Music is a dream Genius experience,” said Ben Gross, Genius’s Chief Strategy Officer.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Genius team up with a music streaming service. Over two years ago, Genius teamed up with Spotify to release “Behind the Lyrics,” an in-app mini-pamphlet almost. As you play the song, many things pertaining to the song pop up — facts, lyrics, quotes. Personally, I could spend hours just reading all that there is on Behind the Lyrics.
This is a big move for the two companies, and it will be interesting to see if Genius will be pulling their work with Spotify any time soon. I hope not. However, if I were indifferent to music streaming services, this might convince me to hop on the Apple Music bandwagon. I guess we will have to see which is better. . .