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This article was published on October 6, 2020


Spotify finally lets you search songs by lyrics — it’s all I’ve ever wanted

Spotify finally lets you search songs by lyrics — it’s all I’ve ever wanted
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

I often get annoyed when a song is stuck in my head and I can’t find it because I only know a few words of its lyrics. I would have to Google those lyrics and try out songs with matching words.

Thankfully, Spotify is rolling out a feature that lets you search for a song with just their lyrics, and hearing the tracks right within the app.Spotify designer Lin Wang tweeted about the feature, stating that it’s available on both iOS and Android apps.

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The process is simple: type the lyrics  of the song you want to find in the search bar and the app will show you results with the label “lyrics match.” Thankfully, You don’t have to update your apps to use these features, you can just start using it right away.

I tried out the feature, and while it works with English lyrics as intended, I didn’t see the results I expected when I typed out Hindi lyrics in English.. Maybe in the future, Spotify will let me search non-English lyrics too.

Hindi lyrics search in Spotify

Spotify is not the first mainstream app to have lyrics search. Apple Music rolled out this functionality with iOS 12 in 2018. But it’s finally here in Spotify, and I bet it’ll be really handy for more people often.

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