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Gracenote deal points to music lyrics on iTunes

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By LC Angell

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Published: Friday, July 14, 2006
News Categories: iTunes

Gracenote, which maintains the CDDB and provides music information to the iTunes Music Store, has obtained licenses to distribute lyrics online. Gracenote said it obtained the rights to the lyrics of more than 1 million songs from BMG Music, Universal Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Peermusic and other publishers. The company said it was currently talking with its partners, including Apple and Yahoo about launching a service to offer legal and accurate lyrics. The industry service would be the first to distribute lyrics legally to online services like the iTunes Music Store.

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Comments

1

So when you insert your CD into your computer, and Gracenote CDDB launches to find the track names, it will also find lyrics for the song??
If it’s really like that, then it’s the best thing since sliced bread!!!
I hope it’s really accurate though, and without “(Chorus)” being inserted in places, i dont want to scroll back and forth

Posted by wackybit on July 14, 2006 at 7:29 AM (PDT)

2

I’m glad too. I spent alot of time putting the lyrics in my song. I haven’t done it recently so I might just wait until this is implemented

Posted by Jonathan Keim on July 14, 2006 at 8:12 AM (PDT)

3

Dude, they totally stole this idea from that 3rd grade girl who was on the news or what not.

SHE SHOULD SUE!

Posted by ort on July 14, 2006 at 8:38 AM (PDT)

4

This is interesting, but only worthwhile to me if - and on if - iTunes/iPods begin to support tags that *synchronize* the lyrics with the song.

Posted by consumer_Q on July 14, 2006 at 8:51 AM (PDT)

5

That’d be freaking awesome.

Especially if someone created a nice little program to go through your iTunes library and query gracenote to get all the lyrics. 

Josh

Posted by Josh Powell in VA on July 14, 2006 at 9:09 AM (PDT)

6

This would be great, but I see two potential pitfalls:

1) I suspect Apple’s first preference would be to implement this in a way that only includes lyrics in tracks purchased from the iTunes store.

2) Even if that turns out not to be the case, without some way to synchronize lyrics to current libraries, it’s going to be a major pain to import lyrics to all the songs we’ve all already ripped or otherwise imported. Hopefully Josh’s hope/prediction comes to pass.

Posted by Hrothgar on July 14, 2006 at 9:19 AM (PDT)

7

iStar Composer pretty much does all of that. It will sync your lyrics to your tunes and make an enhanced mp3 or aac file, I can’t remember which, for use on your iPod.

Posted by Rick Baskett on July 14, 2006 at 10:19 AM (PDT)

8

“...especially if someone created a nice little program to go through your iTunes library and query gracenote to get all the lyrics.”

MPFreaker.

Awesome program.

Posted by ahMEmon on July 14, 2006 at 1:36 PM (PDT)

9

To those who don’t know, iArt can get lyrics for almost all of your music, although the lyrics won’t be a 100% accurate as they are from user submitted sites.. (I made iArt btw)

Posted by Prashant on July 15, 2006 at 2:51 AM (PDT)

10

Can someone tell me whats the breakdown on points in a record contract and what is points?

Posted by JAZZY on October 20, 2007 at 7:08 AM (PDT)

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