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By Albert Mayer

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DesktopLyrics is an application that displays the lyrics of the song currently playing in "iTunes" right on your desktop. DesktopLyrics features numerous options to customize lyrics display to your liking.

DesktopLyrics does not only display the lyrics but can also display the information about the current song (e.g. title) in a customizable manner. Additionally, you can opt to display the artwork of the song too.
DesktopLyrics allows you to define the font, size, color and shadows for the lyrics and for the song-information separately, so that the lyrics exactly match your taste and desktop picture.

Long lyrics that can't be displayed at once are automatically cut into multiple "pages". You can turn the pages with small buttons embedded into the lyrics display, turn them with hot-key combinations or just have them turned automatically. There is an advanced option for defining the time-code of the page turning.

You can also display the lyrics of the music playing on your Mac on several other Macs, iPhones and iPads (via an additional in-app purchase).

DesktopLyrics features options to share the current lyrics with your friends by e-mail or by posting them to FaceBook or Twitter. You can also copy them to the clipboard or printing the lyrics.

In addition to the exhaustive settings to customize the lyrics appearance, DesktopLyrics also features a host of options to change its behavior to be as practical as possible. You can display DesktopLyrics in the menubar instead of the Dock, use hot-key combinations to operate it, or change the behavior in case iTunes is paused or the lyrics are empty. Additionally you easily search the internet for missing lyrics, use "Python" scripts to post-process the lyrics to your liking (e.g. to clean or translate them), toggle the lyrics visibility on-the-fly or use the convenient 'presentation-mode' which hides other apps to focus on the lyrics.

- Mac OS X 10.7 or later

The lyrics for the song have to be set in iTunes, DesktopLyrics does nothing to fetch lyrics if they aren't available in iTunes. Consult the documentation for help with obtaining lyrics.

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What's New in Version 2.6.6

• Fixed problem with superfluous log messages
• Expanded ReadMe and FAQ
• Detect problematic configuration with DesktopLyrics being in the 'Login Items'
• Provided hidden option to refresh cover for every song and not for every album:
defaults write org.corecode.DesktopLyrics HiddenOptionAlwaysUpdateCover -bool true


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Customer Reviews

Great little Application

Been using this for almost two years. It runs politely in the background. Many options for display positioning, fonts, automatic “page turning” for long songs, can use it on a second monitor. I keep it locked to a black desktop where I have it display the Album artwork as well. One four finger swipe and I’ve got art and lyrics, that don’t cover anything else I want to do. One four fingered swipe back to what I was working on.

Don’t understand the one star awful and too complicated review. It’s not complicated at all. The preferences UI isn’t gorgeous, but most UI’s that simply set preferences aren’t. It is certainly usable and the available options are there and easy to find. Once you’ve set it up you may look at the preferences UI once or twice a year. The way it displays lyrics and artwork is gorgeous and very adaptable to personal taste.

Can’t live without it

I’ve been using this daily (i.e. it’s been running in the background without me having to worry about it) for ages. Japanese lyrics? No problem. Hindi lyrics? No problem. Korean lyrics? NP. They all look great.

As a second screen I have an old Cinema Display rotated to portrait orientation to edit documents, and have Desktop Lyrics use that screen for my lyrics and album art. The vertical space is nice, but before this I was using Desktop Lyrics on a single screen and already loved it. It’s just even better with more space.

You can customize it up the wazoo to display how you like it, and it just works as it should. Life is good.

This purchase is not eligible for a refund

It’s awful APP! It doesn’t work at all. It needs additional 50 dollars for the function that I had in mind. This is the worst shopping experience I ever had. At last, this purchase is not eligible for a refund. Why?

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  • $3.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.6.6
  • Size: 2.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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