Google Now on Tap, the search engine's contextual tool for Android, hides some pretty neat tricks up its sleeve. But perhaps none is so handy to music lovers as this option, spotted by an Android Police reader: Now on Tap can serve up song lyrics directly from music apps with just a few on-screen taps. Google's Knowledge Graph system can already find lyrics fairly easily, but the way it's been integrated into the retrieval system for Android is fairly slick. Read More
Continuing the service's fairly rapid growth, Genius has released its own Android app. Once known as Rap Genius, they have since opened up to all music genres as well as texts from non-musical sources. More than just a place to read the words, Genius facilitates annotation and discussion of primary sources. The Android app allows users to sign in, search, browse, and read all annotations, but notably lacks the ability to add one's own comments.
In terms of design, the app does a nice job of implementing a native material interface while still preserving its distinctive look that should be familiar to users of Genius on the web. Read More
Google Play Music. Poweramp. Apollo Music Player. We certainly do not suffer from a lack of choice when it comes to local music playback on Android. A simple search for the terms "music player" on the Play Store is guaranteed to yield hundreds of alternatives, varying from the excellent to the good and often the mediocre. However, in a sea of notoriously powerful (like Poweramp, GoneMAD, AIMP, Neutron) or familiar (like DoubleTwist, Apollo, n7 player) apps, hide a few that do something different. This is a selection of 5 such apps.
They aren't the best music players around, they probably lack certain features that you personally deem essential, and they certainly don't fulfill everyone's needs in a music player. Read More
That cool little HDMI stick that Google released more than a year ago got more useful and more awesome when the Cast API became available for developers. And while there are now hundreds of apps with Chromecast support on the Play Store, Google keeps a small curated list of some of them, kind of like a featured selection. Every now and then new entrants are let into this special club, and the latest addition is a trio of interesting apps: musiXmatch, Lyve, and Fitnet.
musiXmatch is the lyrics buddy to every song you listen to on your phone. Whether you're playing the songs through the app itself or through Play Music, Spotify, Rhapsody, rdio, or Deezer, musiXmatch will go grab the corresponding lyrics and float them on top of your screen, then scroll them in time with the music. Read More
Music discovery app Shazam has always been a bit stylish by Android standards, but today's update adds both some more modern visual polish and notable usability upgrades. In particular, the auto-scrolling lyric function has been improved in version 2.6: it now supports a more natural portrait layout and much more readable text, doing away with the funky word art. Auto-scroll isn't universal, but when it works it's pretty neat. That should be a boon to your impromptu karaoke sessions.
New version with portrait auto-scrolling lyrics.
Shazam now integrates better with Rdio, a partnership that began earlier this year. Read More
If you're one of those people who likes to know the full lyrics for every song in your library, prepare for a shock. The TuneWiki service will be shutting down on Friday, June 28th, after nearly five years of dutiful service providing scrolling lyrics for pretty much every song under the sun. The shutdown was announced on TuneWiki's website, with no concrete reason given, aside from members of the company moving on to "new journeys."
TuneWiki has come a long way from its early days, when we pioneered the inclusion of scrolling lyrics with music playback. Over time we blossomed into a vibrant social music service that has been enjoyed by millions of music lovers.
We've all been there -- you're listening to a track when you hear an out-of-place lyric. You think to yourself, "what? That doesn't sound right." So you fire up a lyrics app (or browser) and begin your quest to find the real content of the misheard line.
While this method may work, it's not exactly efficient. To achieve that status, there's an app called Smart Lyrics.
Smart Lyrics is a small and useful app that sits in the notification area, monitoring currently playing tracks from the most popular media players, including Android stock, HTC music player, Winamp, RealPlayer, DoubleTwist, Meridian, PowerAMP (requires Last.fm scrobbling), and Cubed. Read More