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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: i.stack.imgur.com/N5R1b.png :( –  mini Mar 24 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 => askubuntu.com/questions/207073/… | Also; It does not work properly: askubuntu.com/questions/tagged/lyrics –  mini Mar 24 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:

clementine with lyrics

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

Foobar2000 in Wine with lyrics

DeaDBeeF:

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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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