Lyrical is a Notification Center widget, written in Swift, that displays lyrics for the current playing song and various song information including album artwork. The widget lets you control the playback of the song, or set ratings. This is incredibly useful if you are using multiple apps and need quick access to iTunes controls or information.

You can also choose to view or hide the current song's lyrics. You can toggle lyrics with just a click, and Lyrical will elegantly expand and collapse to fit the song lyrics.

Lyrical also features integration. Lyrical has a Menubar app to scrobble (publish), love or ban the playing track. Simply open preferences with Lyrical's menu bar icon and authenticate with Lyrical will automatically scrobble the current playing track, but you can disable this, if you wish.

Lyrical can also show song information and even scrobble Apple Music (streaming or local) if you add the playlist or song to your Library.

* NOTE: Lyrical does not download lyrics to avoid licensing issues (sorry!). It will only display Lyrics if they are embedded into the song, which you can do with iTunes.

What’s New

Version 2.1.3

- Fixes an issue where songs wouldn't get scrobbled in macOS Mojave
- Slightly better performance with widget progress bar

Ratings and Reviews

rdadhikarla ,

Access to iTunes setting not visible

How to give lyrical access to iTunes on macOS mojave? Any instructions to do so on developer's part in the desciption or the change log is highly appreciated.

Developer Response ,


I’m sorry for the inconvenience but I’m currently pushing out a fix that will solve this. Keep a look out for it in the coming days. Thanks!

JungEinstein ,

Just What I Was Looking For

I wanted a quick way to view the lyrics of songs playing in iTunes. This app displays the lyrics and also allows me to control playback from Notification Center, which is just a click away and doesn’t take me away from whatever desktop (OS X Spaces) I’m working on. And the controls are laid out very well. There are some things I wish were different: 1) Sometimes, after clicking Show Lyrics and closing Notification Center, I open NC again and the lyrics automatically hide, then I have to click Show Lyrics again. I wish the lyrics would still be visible any time I reopen NC, and only disappear when I click Hide Lyrics. 2) Unlike iTunes, the Previous button begins playing the previous song from the beginning, instead of playing the current song from the beginning. I wish the Previous button in Lyrical behaved the same as in iTunes. 3) I would love the ability to “scrub” through a song using Lyrical's playback indicator, as users can do in iTunes and other media players. 4) I would also love the ability to control the font size and the left or center alignment of the lyrics and 5) the option to hide the Cover Art thumbnail, which is rather large. Other than these wishes, the app works great and I will continue to use it. I look forward to the next update! Thanks for all the work put into this app!

Thunderspire32 ,

Pretty good, needs some adjustments

I love being able to just do the notification center thing to see what’s playing in iTunes, it’s a lot better for me than having that MiniPlayer window constantly in the corner. The only adjustments I would make to this is add the time elapsed/remaining to either side of the progress bar, the ability to drag the progress bar to any point in the song, and a search bar to play songs/albums. I know that what I’m asking for is basically the MiniPlayer window in the Notification Center, and to be honest, that would be great.


Akshay Hegde
8.6 MB

macOS 10.13 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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