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Apple and Genius lyric database launch new partnership

“Just let me staple the vicar!”; “Guilty! Guilty as a cocoa bean!” and “My ears are alight” are some of the great misheard lyrics of our time.

But now they will be a thing of the past if you are an Apple Music user.

Apple has announced a new partnership with the Genius lyric database that will allow Apple Music subscribers to visit the Genius website or iOS app and play any song in full on the songs’s lyric page.

The new partnership will also greatly improve Apple Music’s own lyric database with Genius’s and bring lyrics to thousands of songs to Apple, improving the service that began with the launch of iOS 10 in 2016.

Ben Gross, Genius’s Chief Strategy Officer said: “Being able to read lyrics and annotations on Genius while you listen along on Apple Music is a dream Genius experience.

“We’re proud to make Apple Music our official music player, and we’re doubly excited to bring Genius lyrics to their amazing platform.”

To use the Apple Music player on Genius, search for any song, and then tap “connect account” when the player pops up. You then need to allow Genius to access your Apple Music, media library and listening activity. Once you accept then you’ll be able to listen to full tracks within Genius either on the web, desktop, iOS mobile web or in the iOS app.

In Apple Music, you are able to check a song’s lyrics by tapping the icon on the bottom right of the player screen on iOS, then tapping “Lyrics”. Not every song supports lyrics and it’s unclear how soon the full Genius encyclopedia of lyrics will be added to Apple Music.

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