Apple Hiring Lyrics Curation Team for Apple Music

Apple is hiring a Lyrics Curation Manager and Lyrics Curators, presumably to work on the new Apple Music feature in iOS 10 that provides song lyrics alongside each Apple Music song that is playing.

First noticed by MusicBusinessWorldwide, the job listings are for the Content Curation team, responsible for "maintaining the very best user experience possible around content."

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We're looking for a manager to lead a team of lyrics curators with excellent writing skills, music knowledge, and attention to detail. Passion for technology and a will to question the current workflows with the mindset to improve tools and processes. General understanding, love, and ideally, experience in writing lyrics.
For the non-manager positions, Apple is seeking candidates with competency in Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, German, and Spanish, so at least some of the Lyrics team will focus on translating song lyrics into additional languages. Other job requirements include the ability to "accurately and quickly transcribe lyrics," "superlative writing skills" and a willingness to learn "new and complicated tools and processes."

In Apple Music in iOS 10, scrolling down on the "Now Playing" window brings up an option to show song lyrics on most Apple Music songs. Lyrics are still a work in progress and are not available for all songs, especially new releases.

It is not clear if Apple's lyric transcriptions are done in-house, but given the sheer number of songs on Apple Music, it seems likely Apple has partner services with lyrics provided by a company specializing in lyric transcription or directly from music labels.

The new Apple Music, which has seen a significant redesign in iOS 10, will launch to the public this fall.



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33 months ago
Hiring now for a feature that is supposed to work in a few weeks time. Seems a little late.
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33 months ago
I like this feature but wish they could partner with Genius for it.
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33 months ago
Now I can finally understand what Rihanna and Sia are saying!
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33 months ago
Nice. Finally, a feature I actually want being implemented.
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33 months ago
Adding lyrics to songs like this is a welcomed feature for all music services IMO.
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33 months ago

Now I can finally understand what Rihanna and Sia are saying!


They aren't saying anything.
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33 months ago
amazing it has taken this long. Ever since the start of iTunes, I have occasionally copy and pasted lyrics into the spot for lyrics in the meta data of songs. I never understood why this wasn't done by the content creators already. I've started using an app to pull in song lyrics but since the lyrics are basically crowd-sourced, they often don't match the song so I would love a professionally-done lyrics service. Although still not sure I want to subscribe to Apple Music to get it.
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33 months ago

I like this feature but wish they could partner with Genius for it.

Agreed. Lyrics are cool, however Spotify already has lyrics AND Genius integration for many of their songs.
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33 months ago

Spotify had synchronized lyrics for over a year on desktop. Then they dropped it a few months ago, saying that they were working on improving it. Made no sense - the feature was working pretty well, and then to just not have it anymore?

Maybe Apple adding this lyrics feature (which seems to lack any synchronization from what I can tell) will lead Spotify to redeploying their synchronized lyrics...

They tried to cut costs by firing their human to text transcribers?
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33 months ago
I wonder, if Hindi-Sanskrit would be added.
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