Here’s a free Mac app I’d like to have on my iPhone. It’s called LyricsTab and it displays the lyrics for the song that’s playing in iTunes. What’s not to like about that? Free lyrics from a pop-down window in the Mac’s Menubar. In real time. Did I mention that LyricsTab is free? Well, actually, it’s donationware, so if you have a guilty conscience…
If you’re like many Mac users you work on your Mac with iTunes or Spotify playing in the background. Invariably, a song will come on and you’d like to know more about the lyrics. Click. That’s what LyricsTab does. As each song comes up LyricsTab grabs the track lyrics to display in the pop-down window.
The window can also be set to display on top of other app windows, therefore, visible all the time as iTunes plays music (Spotify, too). LyricsTab is social adept as well, and handles Twitter and Last.FM so you can tweet what’s playing at the moment, even using the lyrics in the tweet (and it Scrobbles songs to your profile on Last.FM). I’m sure you have plenty of Twitter friends who want to know what you’re listening to at the moment, right?
Why bother with lyrics? Because we don’t always hear clearly the song’s lyrics. Here’s a good example of why a display of lyrics can be useful from the KissThisGuy website of misheard song lyrics– some of my favorites.
Robert Palmer: Addicted To Love
Might as well face it, you’re a dick with a glove.
Abba: Dancing Queen
See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen
Madonna: Like a Virgin
Like a virgin touched for the thirty-first time.
Fifth Dimension: Aquarius
This is the dawning of the Age of Asparugus, Asparugus
There’s nothing that a hundred men on Mars could ever do
Monkees: I’m A Believer
Then I saw her face. Now I’m gonna leave her
LyricsTab can correct those misheard lyrics. And it’s free (donationware).