Apple is hiring a team of lyrics curators for Apple Music


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iOS 10 brings lyrics to Apple Music.
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The new lyrics feature in Apple Music might not be powered by a third-party company, according to a new job posting found on Apple’s website.

It appears that Apple instead plans to do most of the work compiling lyrics all on its own by hiring “a team of lyrics curators with excellent writing skills, music knowledge, and attention to detail.”

Apple’s new job posting for a Lyrics Curation Manager gives a bit of insight into the project that will be responsible for maintaining Apple Music’s lyrics database. The feature is set to debut as part of iOS 10, giving listeners the ability to find out what a singer is really saying in just seconds.

In the job posting, Apple says the ideal candidate will have “passion for technology and a will to question the current workflows with the mindset to improve tools and processes. General understanding, love, and ideally, experience in writing lyrics.”

Apple Music’s new lyrics feature comes right after Spotify turned off its lyrics due to the expiration of its deal with Musixmatch. The rival music service is rumored to be working on a revamp of the feature.

If you do want to work as Apple’s manager of lyrics, you’ll need a minimum of five years related work experience. Any experience with lyrics is a big plus.

Via: MBW

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  • GaelicSoxFan

    So they’re ripping off Prime Music?

    • CelestialTerrestrial

      I wouldn’t say they are copying anyone, it’s just a feature that should have been there from the record label to begin with, but wasn’t. So, they need to have someone head up that effort so they can ensure accuracy.

  • Tallest Skil

    How about embedding lyrics in the songs we buy from the iTunes Store? That’d be nice after, you know, a decade.

    • timothyhood

      Amen! If Apple would do the same as Find Album Art, that would be so helpful.

      It’s taking me forever to get lyrics added to all of my songs. I’ve tried automated tools, but there’s no guarantee of getting good quality lyrics. Spelling and punctuation are sometimes atrocious. And I laugh when I see some hilariously misheard transcriptions.

      To date, the best solution I’ve found is an AppleScript that does a Google search for lyrics on the song being played. I usually select from AZlyrics or MetroLyrics (even Google’s lyrics are occasionally wrong and I’ve found no way to submit changes). I then scan for spelling and punctuation errors while listening to the song and making any corrections, which are usually when the artist changes the lines from what they wrote.

      When I’m done, I update the lyrics site if I made any substantial changes. Rinse and repeat. I’ve still got just over 1,000 more to go. I suspect Apple will come out with the feature to add lyrics to our song library just about the time I’ve finally completed this monumental task.

      • CelestialTerrestrial

        The other app that’s on Apple’s App Store for macOS is SongGenie 2. It’s $27 but it’s supposed to scour your iTunes catalog and add lyrics. Check it out.. I don’t know how good it is, it has mixed reviews, plus it’s expensive, but if it actually works, then it saves you a lot of time.

      • timothyhood

        I’ve used that one. I found that it does a reasonable job of finding lyrics, but whatever sites it uses to get it’s lyrics aren’t quite as good as the ones I mentioned. I guess when people aren’t paid to submit lyrics, you get what you pay for. :)

        If it’s a matter of just getting *something* in the lyrics section of the song, Song Genie helps greatly. But ultimately, the lyrics need manual cleanup often enough that I found that manually choosing the best quality lyrics to start with is faster than letting Song Genie pick lyrics that need a lot of fixing.

    • CelestialTerrestrial

      the record labels should be doing that from their creation of the digital files. They have access to the lyrics and should be administrating that effort, just like other metadata. Getting digital files to have liner notes, especially with a high degree of accuracy should have been there from the beginning, but these record labels were just doing a cheap method of creating digital files, otherwise they might want even more money per song to help pay for the additional people and time it takes to add more metadata.