Spotify tests a real-time lyrics function that lets words flash to a song while you listen
- The feature is tested as beta on some Android devices
- Lyrics can be swept up and scroll across the app while the song is playing
- Apple previously introduced real-time lyrics in September
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According to an Android Police report, some users have noticed a new feature that scrolls through the app interface in real time while you listen.
The feature, currently only being tested on Android devices, was noticed by a user with beta 18.104.22.1688 and is currently only available to some users.
Spotify tests a lyrics function (photo) on Android devices and did not say whether it will roll the tool to other devices
A test shows the lyrics via what was previously a “behind the lyrics” section.
A swipe bar appears under the app’s normal play / pause interface and can be slid up to expand the text in full screen.
Android Police reports that the lyrics are not currently available on all songs and are delivered via the streaming partner’s previous partner, Musicxmatch.
Although this will be a first for Spotify, real-time lyrics are already a feature of the services of competitors such as Apple Music, who rolled out a similar tool in September.
There is no indication if and when Spotify plans to roll out real-time lyrics on a broader basis, but the recent willingness to take the app in new directions should be a sign that more new features are on the way.
In a test last month, Spotify was spotted with the introduction of a ‘Stories’ function in which a select number of influencers placed video and music in composite playlists.
Specifically, the feature imbues those playlists with short videos that users can optionally click and view more.
Users can also tap via similar to story functions on other platforms such as Instagram or Snapchat.
Spotify has tested various new functions in recent months, including a story function aimed at attracting influencers
The first influencer who uses the function is a YouTube maker, Summer Mckeen, who has 2.1 million Instagram followers and makes videos about makeup and fashion.
Although the feature is currently only a test, Spotify is likely to use Stories, if rolled out in a larger capacity, to attract more users to its platform.
Spotify has also recently launched a new ‘Kids’ app that is aimed at three to twelve year olds and offers access to 8,000 compiled songs and stories, each of which has been erased without anything inappropriate for children.
The new app is available on iPhone and Android, but only for people with a Spotify Premium Family subscription and the company describes it as a “playground of sound for young listeners.”