With the launch of iOS 13, Apple added its Apple Music app to perfectly matched live lyrics . Now Spotify can do the same. Some users on international markets now see a similar feature for synced texts in their mobile Spotify app where the lyrics pass by in time with the music. The function is supported according to screenshots of Musixmatch. Spotify confirmed to TechCrunch that the feature is a test in a limited number of markets.
While Spotify did not confirm which regions have access, we find that users in Canada, Indonesia and Mexico appear to be test markets.
The feature is under the rendering controls, where other improvements such as "Behind the Texts" or "Storyline" are displayed today. And users indicate that they can also view the text in full screen mode.
We did not achieve the same result here in the US, indicating that it is still geographically limited.
Spotify supported the text on desktop a few years ago, but this feature was later removed. Since then, users have repeatedly asked when it would return. For example, in the Spotify user feedback community, a request to "retake texts" was rated more than 1
However, Genius does not provide complete texts. Instead, tracks can be commented on using a combination of lyrics and stories. While the function may be both informative and entertaining, it is not necessarily the experience people want when trying to learn the words to a song.
Currently, none of Spotify's desktop or mobile apps support the lyrics, with the exception of Japan. There are also regular tests such as these, so this is no confirmation for a speedy start.
With Spotify's decision not to make text integration a priority, Apple Music has gained a competitive edge in terms of features. Although Spotify itself is not a major selling point – Spotify now has 113 million paying customers for the 60 million Apple Music – it could help retain users who do not want to lose access by switching. Amazon has also exploited the lack of text on Spotify to integrate music and text on Alexa devices.
A Spotify spokesman confirmed that experience with dubbed texts is something he tests.
"We can confirm that we are testing this in a small number of markets," said the spokesman. "At Spotify, we're constantly testing new products and experiences, but we have no other news to report at the moment."