Shazam – the popular song-identifying / music discovery app – has been updated this week, to Version 4.8.0. The headline change in the update is the addition of the LyricPlay feature to the free app (it was previously available in the premium versions).
Here’s a quick intro for LyricPlay:
Full-screen visualization of lyrics that play in time to the music you’re tagging – learn the lyrics you thought you knew.
LyricPlay creates a more interactive experience, letting fans go beyond discovering the song title, artist and other great information; now they can also see the lyrics with eye-catching visual themes in time with the music they have just tagged.
I gave LyricPlay a quick try this morning, and it works quite nicely. It didn’t offer the feature for every song I chose, but it did for the vast majority and got the lyrics perfectly in sync for every song it did work with.
Here are the quick steps for using LyricPlay in Shazam:
– Tag a song
– Start the feature by tapping the new LyricPlay icon when it appears in a Tag result and turning their device horizontally to a landscape position, then watch the lyrics as they scroll, jump, pop or slide in real-time with the song;
– Stop LyricPlay by tapping the lyrics for options to return to the Tag result for that song.
Shazam has always been quite a cool app – one with a lot of wow factor when it was first released, and LyricPlay should prove to be a popular and heavily used new feature. It’s nice to see it come to the free version of the app.
Here’s an App Store link for Shazam.