The purpose of this program is to scan a user's ENTIRE iTunes library and sequentially update each song's lyrics tag with the lyrics from LyricWiki. "No Lyrics" mode enables custom playlist updating.
The software uses a web service to fetch the lyrics.
View the updated lyrics for a given track/song in iTunes lyrics tab in the Properties/Get Info dialog.
iPods will be notified that songs were updated on your next sync. View the lyrics on your iPod Classic, Nano, Touch or iPhone by flipping through the multiple screens while a song is playing.
Mac OS X 10.4 / 10.5
Windows XP / Vista
Operation / How To Use
Extract the zip file with winzip, winrar or stuff-it expander. Open the folder, and browse to the program directory
Copy the entire iTunesLyricsLocator program directory into C:\Program Files and create a shortcut on your desktop (or your Start Menu) to iTunesLyricsLocator.exe.
(Mac OS X)
Copy the application object to your Applications directory.
Before starting the program:
(Mac OS X & Windows)
OPTIONAL: Create "No Lyrics" playlist, and add songs to it.
To run the program:
Double-click iTunesLyricsLocator.exe and click Process button when ready.
(Mac OS X)
Double-Click iTunesLyricsLocator application (Universal) and click Process button when ready.
iTunesLyricsLocator will attempt to auto-detect where your iTunes library is located by default, but you may pass an argument to the program specifying your customized iTunes library location (fully qualified path).
("No Lyrics" Mode)
Create an iTunes playlist called "No Lyrics" and the application will update that playlist only, instead of the user's
entire iTunes library. It can also be a Smart Playlist based on some arbitrary criteria.
(Verify Song Lyrics)
Verify that a given song has lyrics with our LyricsCheck program:
Edit LyricsCheck.bat/LyricsCheck.sh with a text editor, replace "Artist" with the artist or group name and then replace
"Song Title" with the desired song title you wish to check. Save the file, then double-click LyricsCheck.bat,
or run the shell script in the terminal (Mac OS X).
Allow either program Internet access through your firewall.
For large music collections (10,000+) you will need to wait a few minutes for the job to complete.
A log file will be created in same folder as the application, and will contain all of the console output.
On average, the processing time will be like this:
175 songs processed in 0 hours, 1 minutes, 22 seconds. (Mac OS X 10.4.11)
778 songs processed in 0 hours, 3 minutes, 21 seconds. (Windows Vista)
1380 songs processed in 0 hours, 12 minutes, 38 seconds. (Windows Vista)
15759 songs, processed in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 53 seconds. (Mac OS X 10.5.6)
79 songs in a "No Lyrics" playlist processed in 0 hours, 0 minutes, 23 seconds.
Depending on the amount of songs you processed while running iTunesLyricsLocator, your iPod sync time will vary.
Generally, it is a good idea to run the program against your entire music library at least once.
For future use as your music collection grows, continue to use the program in "No Lyrics" mode. When you add new music to iTunes, don't forget to drag them to your "No Lyrics" playlist. Run the program before you sync your new music to your iPod to grab the lyrics first!