Never Mishear Lyrcis Again: Genius for Andriod Shows Words for any Song You Play in Real-Time
By Stacy Liberatore
The quick fix for not knowing lyrics is to replace words with ones that sound very similar, but also very wrong. A new app can save you from the embarrassment by displaying the lyrics of a specific song as the artist sings them. Genius, formerly known as Rap Genius, has just introduced lyric matching technology to its Android users.
Years ago we read them on record sleeves or spent hours trying to decode what we just hear, but now there is technology that instantly displays lyrics as they are sung. Genius, formerly known as Rap Genius, has just introduced lyric matching technology to its Android users that displays lyrics to a song in real-time
HOW IT WORKS
Genius has built a new music player that allows Android users to watch music videos and read lyrics – all at the same time. It began as Rap Genius, which was a site where fans can post lyrics from rap songs to their website. This crowd-sourced information is what has been integrated into the app, which follows along a song’s progress in real-time to match lyrics to the sound. The app is compatible with any music platform such as Google Play, Spotify and Apple Music. While listening to a song, the app will ask if you’d like to read on Genius while you listen. Then you will be taken to the Genius app and can read the songs at the same time the artist is singing them. Rap Genius started as a site where fans can post lyrics from rap songs to their website. This crowd-sourced information is what has been integrated into the app, which follows along a song’s progress in real-time to match lyrics to the sound. One of the most attractive features of the app is that it is compatible with every music platform, including Apple Music, Google Play and Spotify. The app integrates with the music player of your choice where it will ask if you’d like to listen through Genius. Once it recognizes the song, the app will play the lyrics on the screen as they are sung. Android users also have the ability to learn about the track and the artist, as part of Genius’s signature annotation and they can delete their search history directly from their settings or simply by swiping them away. Rap Genius, founded in 2009, was a platform that focused on explaining unclear rap lyrics, gave information about the artist’s life and career and even gave slang definitions. The company decided to expand its reach to other genres and with such a successful move, they changed their name to just ‘Genius’.
In April Genius launched a Chrome Extension, Bookmarklet and update to its iOS app, which made it easier to add annotations to the app. ‘Only a handful of people know that the web browser’s big missing feature—the feature that was supposed to be in from the start but didn’t make it—is the ability to annotate any page on the Internet’ Genius wrote on the launch page for the feature. ‘At an infrastructural level, we’re trying to change the way reading and writing takes place on the Internet’, co-founder Ilan Zechory told TechCrunch.
‘There’s been a big sea change from the printed page to the screen. We can make any flat text more interesting, more interactive, and more fun.’ This update allowed for annotations to all web pages without owners have to alter any code. ‘The company wanted to create more of a social experience of collaboratively reading the whole internet together’, Zechory noted.
Most recently in August, the company released another update to its iOS, a revamped website and the first update for Android. The redesign incorporated a new brand, color scheme and enhanced song pages, as well as new featured section for popular songs from multiple genres and most popular non-musical content. As of earlier this year, Genius reported having between 3 million and 4.5 million unique monthly visitors, but as of today it’s ranked as 557th on Alex.com.
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