Spotify launched real-time lyrics in 26 markets today (June 30).
According to a report published by TechCrunch yesterday (June 29), the feature was due to go live at 10 Eastern Time today, a detail that was reportedly confirmed by Spotify.
TechCrunch adds that SPOT has agreed a new deal with lyrics provider Musixmatch to make the roll-out possible and that lyrics will be displayed in the language sung in each supported song.
The lyrics feature can be accessed in Spotify’s app in the launch markets by hitting a new ‘Lyrics’ button on the Now Playing screen.
The markets where real time lyrics went live today, according to TechCrunch, include, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, El Salvador, Uruguay, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Spotify has previously worked with Musixmatch, with the latter company providing lyrics for a karaoke-style feature on SPOT’s desktop version that was launched in 2015. That was until May 2016, when the partnership between the two companies ended.
TechCrunch reported in November 2019 that Spotify was testing in-app, real-time lyrics in Canada, Indonesia and Mexico, but said yesterday that Canada won’t be on the list of supported markets for the launch.
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