Spotify to Launch Real-Time Lyrics Support in 26 Countries

Spotify today launches its real-time lyrics feature in 26 worldwide markets including India, countries in Southeast Asia, and Latin America, according to TechCrunch.

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In mobile Spotify apps that receive the update, users can tap the Lyrics card at the bottom of the Now Playing screen, and lyrics scroll across the screen in time to the music, allowing listeners to read them or even sing along in real time.

The following countries will reportedly get the new real-time lyrics feature from 10am ET on Tuesday: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, El Salvador, Uruguay, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

The launch is happening thanks to a new agreement with lyrics provider Musixmatch, which was also the source for the lyrics tests conducted last year. Previously, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Mexico included some lyrics support from other providers.

TechCrunch notes that Canadian users who also reported they could use the lyrics feature in last year's trials will no longer have access to it when the support rolls out to other markets later today.

It's currently unknown whether the new real-time lyrics feature will expand to additional markets anytime soon, but it's hard to imagine Spotify not bringing it to the U.S. and other major Western markets when the necessary licensing agreements are made.

Apple Music gained a similar real-time lyrics feature with the release of iOS 13 last September and macOS Catalina 10.15.4 in March this year.

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Top Rated Comments

ChrisMoBro Avatar
21 weeks ago
Spend less time on this, Spotify, and focus on offline playback for Apple Watch. Thanks.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jason2000 Avatar
21 weeks ago


Spend less time on this, Spotify, and focus on offline playback for Apple Watch. Thanks.

Exactly. I have been trying to be patient with this but recently I moved to Pandora who does have this feature. AM is not an option as their recommendation system is horrible for me.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DinkThifferent Avatar
21 weeks ago
Unusual list of countries. Normally with feature rollouts it's always: USA, UK, Australia, Canada, EU, Asia, South America and so on

Good for them! Now they have the premier of this feature.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jprmercado Avatar
21 weeks ago


Unusual list of countries. Normally with feature rollouts it's always: USA, UK, Australia, Canada, EU, Asia, South America and so on

Good for them! Now they have the premier of this feature.

I love the feeling of being in the first wave of countries in a feature rollout for once! ?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ArtOfWarfare Avatar
21 weeks ago


Excuse me the dumb question, I don’t really use or check the lyrics (my music is largely instrumental and electronic) but what’s “real-time” about it?
The few times I have pushed the lyrics button, they are... there, might be synced to the song, etc... like closed captions subtitles on movies which are pre computed

Yes, like that. In contrast to when it’s just a long text file without anything keeping it in sync (besides you manually scrolling to find where it is right now). You might be too young, but album booklets (when people bought physical media for music) just had static text printed on pages. And iTunes when that came around just had static text files for lyrics. Or if you go the route of searching for lyrics online, the only thing that moves automatically most of the time are the ads.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
michaelandrl Avatar
21 weeks ago


Unusual list of countries. Normally with feature rollouts it's always: USA, UK, Australia, Canada, EU, Asia, South America and so on

Good for them! Now they have the premier of this feature.

Licenses and probably because Latin American and Southeast Asian countries have huge populations and still has room for more growth that NA/EU market. They’re becoming more of a priority now.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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