Saturday, April 26, 2008

Automatic Lyrics in Media Players

Have you ever had problems searching for lyrics. Do you not want to waste time copying pasting the lyrics from the Internet to a notepad and then associating it with your particular song.
The solution was there for a long time but only I didn't know about it. Winamp and other Media Players have a feature of "Lyrics Plugin" which automatically searches lyrics from the internet and then displays it. Just start listening to your favourite songs and lyrics will be displayed automatically. If lyrics is not found, you can add it yourself .

a) In order to download the Lyrics Plugin go to the site
b) Download the setup files for the Plugin and install the files to your Winamp folder. Eg c:\Program files\winamp\.
c) After the installation winamp will display an extra lyrics editor which you can adjust to your needs.

The main reason for lyrics not being displayed is either failed internet connectivity or missing file info. In order to fill in the file details yourself..
a) In Winamp ( playlist editor) right click on the song and choose the " View file info option".
b) There are two tags the 1. Id3v1 and 2. Id3v2 tags. Write in the file info for both tags.
c) Update your changes and refresh the contents of your lyrics editor( simple right click and refresh).

The Id3v1 and Id3v2 tags are mainly for the information displayed when you transfer songs to ipods and other portable devices. It acts as a meta element.

So just plugin and enjoy the lyrics. Also you can configure the font, color and other basic settings of your lyrics editor.


Collin Williams said...

That's a really good tip... I never knew, and often find myself in the same situation, searching for lyrics. Thanks for the post.


Anonymous said...

Are there any more interesting plugins in winamp.

Lanelle said...

Well said.