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When I was using Windows, I had an application called MiniLyrics which let me display the lyrics of the music files played. The application automatically downloads the lyrics and plays along with the song. Is there a similar application in Ubuntu that I could use?

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Most music players are able to download an display lyrics either per default or throug a plugin. How to set this up depends on the player used. Which player are you using? – Takkat Nov 4 '11 at 8:56
I usually use Banshee or VLC. Seems like OSDLyrics works with a very limited number of music players. Good thing is it works well with all of my music players (Clementine, Rhythmbox, VLC and Banshee). :D – jokerdino Nov 4 '11 at 9:01
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There is also a screenlet lyrics (works great with Banshee), all you need to do is to install Screenlets(widget applications):

Note: Installing software from PPA may pose a security risk.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:screenlets/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install screenlets

And then add Lyrics widget to the desktop.

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Tell me, please, are there other settings? - -installed screenlets and lyrics but all I get is a volume sign with a question mark. Does it work with xfce desktop? – cipricus Feb 23 '12 at 15:10
It does not work for me: :( – mini Mar 24 '14 at 17:41

After a bit of Google researching, I ended up with this article on OMG!Ubuntu. The OSD-Lyrics they suggested works like the way Minilyrics used to work. So, I am delighted.

OSDLyrics can be installed by the following steps:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:osd-lyrics/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install osdlyrics
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This PPA does not work on 13.10 =>… | Also; It does not work properly: – mini Mar 24 '14 at 17:22

Why have a separate app for lyrics and not have them within the player? Maybe the external app like osdlyrics has a larger database? In fact it is far from matching Clementine's or that of Foobar2000 addons like Lyric Show Panel 3.


clementine with lyrics

Foobar2000 in Wine (excellent access to synced lyrics option to save them in tags etc):

Foobar2000 in Wine with lyrics


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I trust there are other good players to be used for this.

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On 14.04, if you are using Banshee, you can check this answer, as the lyrics plugin seems still broken to the date.

The script found there is simple and I believe it can be easily updated to work with other music players.

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