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Echo Nest Teams Up With LyricFind to Bring Lyrics to the App Scene

February 15, 2012
by Dave Eisenberg

Echo Nest, the Somerville based intelligent music platform has partnered with LyricFind to give developers an easy way to add song lyrics to their apps according to a press release. The release adds that over 250 applications have been built on the Echo Nest platform while LyricFind provides the lyrics to tracks from over 2,700 music publishers, including EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and Sony/ATV Music publishing.

The announcement comes just more than a month after Echo Nest partnered with Twitter in an effort to allow them to categorize the most influential users in the music biz and allow app developers to include artists’ verified tweets within music apps.

As a seeker of lyrics, here’s what that means to you as outlined in the release.

  Developers can now include accurate LyricFind lyrics alongside music from Rdio, tweets from a particular artist on Twitter, concert tickets from Seatwave, and links to the appropriate Facebook pages.

  Song lyrics are among the most sought-after content on the web, but developers lacked an easy way to add them to apps without striking one-off licensing deals. Thanks to LyricFind’s integration with The Echo Nest’s Rosetta Stone, we expect lyrics to become as popular within apps as they already are on the web.

The Rosetta Stone (music ID mapping) “helps music services ‘speak the same language’ on a data entry level by translating unique identifiers across multiple services,” as we reported in an earlier piece.

I’ve never trusted lyric sites. I always find some blatant error that is so blatant that I actually start convincing myself that it isn’t an error at all because making an error that blatant seemed an impossible task. This inevitably results in me looking like a real jackass as I try to sing along when my favorite bands come to town.

Hopefully, with this partnership, lyrics transcribed in the cloud will maintain a level of consistency. Hey, even if they’re still wrong, at least everyone else will look foolish, too.

Echo Nest Teams Up With LyricFind to Bring Lyrics to the App Scene

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