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Genius — Song Lyrics + Knowledge Project

By Genius Media Group

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Genius is your pocket guide to human culture.

Have you ever been confused by a song’s lyrics? Had trouble understanding a line from Shakespeare or the Bible? Struggled to understand the context of a news article that seems important?

With Genius, you'll never have to worry about this—or anything else—ever again. Genius breaks down lyrics and literature and the news with entertaining line-by-line annotations.


Genius annotations:

- Explain stuff in plain English
- Reveal references and inside jokes
- Define unusual terms
- Check facts and claims
- Give context—how does a piece fit in with the author’s other work? With the genre as a whole?

Genius is like your smartest, most knowledgeable, most attractive friend, but instead of being a flaky pretentious human it's a fun iPhone app.


You’re the genius: highlight some text, tap “Annotate”, and share knowledge about the things you're obsessed with.


Just hold your phone up to the music, tap the soundwave button (powered by Gracenote!), and lo, the annotated lyrics appear! And easily navigate the lyrics for all the songs in your iTunes library.


No piece of human culture stands on its own, and Genius shows you how it's all connected. Start on a Kanye West song and with a tap, you'll find your way to the Bible verse he references, to the T. S. Eliot poem mentioning that verse, to the novel which pays homage to Eliot, to the episode of Breaking Bad where a character is reading the novel, to a news article about the episode!

What's New in Version 2.1.0

We're psyched to introduce a completely new look for Genius. In this version, check out the new video player, beautiful album art on song pages, and shiny new designs for annotations.

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Customer Reviews

Awful new design v2.0

While Genius remains my favorite place for lyrics all around this update (like the last one) has made the look much worse. In fact it seems like this current version was re uploaded for no reason (maybe to reset reviews?) I was excited when I read there was a redesign but it was the same design that is almost unanimously hated. It's very hard on the eyes unlike the old design. The new artwork showcase at the top of the song is great but that's about the only plus I can think of when it comes to the visual design of the app. Other than that I'd like for the comment section from the desktop site to make it on to the app and a easier way to track other users that you follow. As of now I can't find any way to track users in general. If it wasn't for the new visuals this would be at least a 4 star app.

Covers Most of what I listen to - without a lot of analysis

Anyone who knows the history of Genius knows it was born out a perceived need to explain rap lyrics in the modern etc and has grown from there. For a lot of music I listen to though, there isn't a lot of interpretation, and some of what there is is rather mundane, but that's a reflection of the population using it, not Genius itself.

Lyrics are readily available which is key and I enjoy some of point/counterpoint debates. Overall, it's a living changing evaluation and analysis of musical and literature culture and how it affects society. A great idea, well implemented, but I do prefer the prior version.

I do disagree with having to have a certain IQ to be able to respond to certain things. That's a crock.

Also, not everything needs "improvement." I wish developers would understand this. Tweak what you have - don't alter the interface to something different. But I digress.

Use it all thr time - so it gets 5 stars.

Fix it please 😩

Yesterday I was signed in and everything was working perfect , like looking up the songs , now I can't when I look up songs it doesn't pop up , when i logged out and tried to log back in it keeps saying I can't , I have the right ps and stuff also , and then I cut my phone off and tried again and it won't , this is the best app and only app I use for songs lyrics , please help me fix it please !

Genius — Song Lyrics + Knowledge Project
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  • Free
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1.0
  • Size: 20.4 MB
  • Languages: English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
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You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
  • Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Unrestricted Web Access
  • Frequent/Intense Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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