macOS Catalina 10.15.4 Beta 2 Adds Support for Real-Time Lyrics in Apple Music App

Wednesday February 19, 2020 3:13 PM PST by Juli Clover

The second beta of macOS Catalina 10.15.4 was released today, and the new update introduces support for time-synced lyrics in the Apple Music app.


‌Apple Music‌ for Mac previously provided access to lyrics, but they did not scroll in real-time to the music, which is a feature that's been available on iOS since iOS 13 was released. As noted by 9to5Mac, the time-synced lyric feature addition is mentioned in the ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4 release notes.

Lyrics in ‌Apple Music‌ for Mac can be accessed by playing a song and then clicking on the little speech bubble that's located at the top right of the app.

Not all songs have lyrics or time-synced lyrics, but lyric information is available for most popular titles. Songs with time-synced lyrics will feature an interface that scrolls through the lyrics as they're sung.

When real-time lyrics were introduced for ‌iOS 13‌ in September 2019, ‌Apple Music‌ lead Oliver Schusser said in an interview that Apple has a team of employees that listen to songs and transcribe the lyrics to ensure their accuracy for use in the time-synced lyrics feature rather than sourcing lyrics from a third-party provider.

Related Roundup: macOS Catalina

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6 weeks ago


Would be great if they could get Music to remember window placement and sorting preferences before adding frills. But then, why start prioritizing important bugfixes now ('https://www.macrumors.com/2019/10/29/apple-releases-macos-catalina-10-15-1/')?

It's not like there's a whole laundry-list of things to fix ('https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/music-missing-features-bugs-issues-troubleshooting.2189298/') first. *sigh*
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6 weeks ago


I wonder if this feature is designed to work in other "non english" world languages?

It works on a song-by-song basis as Apple works through their global catalog. It works on a lot of the French, Spanish, and German music that I listen to.
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6 weeks ago
Would be great if they could get Music to remember window placement and sorting preferences before adding frills. But then, why start prioritizing important bugfixes now ('https://www.macrumors.com/2019/10/29/apple-releases-macos-catalina-10-15-1/')?
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6 weeks ago
it appears that the miniplayer has been altered slightly. It has the stop light now.


This fullscreen mode can also be accessed through a new menu item and keyboard shortcut



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I wonder if this feature is designed to work in other "non english" world languages?

check out this song on an iPhone

https://music.apple.com/us/album/band-of-gypsies/1413278413?i=1413278433
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I wonder if this feature is designed to work in other "non english" world languages?
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