“A new feature in the YouTube Music app, the rollout is reportedly phased, and might take time to show for everyone.”
You know that moment when you are streaming a curated playlist and a song comes along that you know, but aren’t well versed with its lyrics. So far, the only option for you was to fire up a web browser and look up the lyrics to that song. This would have caused you some inconvenience — by the time the lyrics page opens for you, the best part of the song might just be over, and you have to switch between apps again and rewind the track. To resolve this bit of the issue, Google’s YouTube-based music streaming service, simply called YouTube Music, is reportedly rolling out a new feature that lets you access song lyrics directly from within the app.
According to reports, YouTube Music’s new feature of on-screen lyrics is being rolled out slowly, in phases. It is a change made on YouTube’s server end and does not come as a fresh app update. As a result, if you are a subscriber of YouTube Music, it may or may not immediately show up within your app. You can spot this by tapping on the information (i) icon placed right beside the name of the song from the Now Playing screen, which opens up a slide-out window that shows the number of likes and views that the track has gotten on YouTube, along with tabs to direct you to the artist and the album’s page. Now, underneath all this, you should be able to see a new ‘Lyrics’ section that offers you on-screen lyrics lettered in white over the album art’s theme. For instance, if you’re listening to Chinese Democracy by Guns ‘N Roses, the lyrics should show up below the artist and album pages, lettered in white against a white background.
The feature is surely a nifty one, but one wonders if YouTube could have implemented a simpler way to access the lyrics — maybe by sliding upward from the Now Playing interface a la Spotify. Nevertheless, the update will come as a welcome new feature and may help YouTube rope in more users. Google’s recent revelation has stated that YouTube Music and YouTube Premium have 20 million paid subscribers so far, which remains well behind the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, and as revealed recently via a Wall Street Journal report, Gaana.
Such additions are expected to play a larger role as music streaming services go about on the lookout for adding more subscribers to their platforms. With steadily burgeoning music streaming industry evaluated at $24 billion right now, Google’s YouTube will hope to get a considerable share of the market, in the days, months and years to come. As for the on-screen lyrics right now, the rollout happens to be phased, so users of YouTube Music for Android should see it first, followed by iOS.