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Shazam’s LyricPlay for free and paid iOS and Android apps: Turn your phone into a karaoke machine

Ever found yourself at a party involved in a singalong and you realise you only know half the words? If only there was a way to avoid this embarassing social faux-pas in front of all of your cooler-than-thou mates.

Fortunately, Shazam is here with it’s ace new LyricPlay feature that’s now available on all Shazam iOS and Android apps, whether of the paid Encore or free non-core (our name) variety.

We got a little taste of Shazam’s LyricPlay earlier this year, by way of this YouTube clip. The lyric-tastic feature launched in the US and Canada, but it’s now thankfully available in the UK as well.

Shazam LyricPlay effectively turns your iOS or Android phone into a karaoke machine, what with unlimited tagging now a feature of both the paid and free apps. The words of the song you’re listening to scroll across the screen with the colours of the text and the background being informed by the colours of the album art – a nice touch.

On Android phones with an HDMI/MHL connection you’ll also be able to plug your phone into your TV and really turn your living room into a karaoke bar. This’ll also work with the iOS app via Apple TV, but only on an iPhone 4S, we’re told.

LyricPlay can currently identify up to 30,000 songs. Popular hits include Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, Basshunter’s ‘Every Morning’, Take That’s ‘Shine’ and JLS’ ‘Everybody in Love’, amongst others.

Recombu can also confirm that Glen Campbell’s 1975 hit ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ is also fully identifiable by LyricPlay.

Shazam told us that songs eligible for the LyricPlay treatment are based on the most tagged songs and availability, i.e. provided that rights to a song or artists’s lyrics can be secure. In a call to Recombu, Shazam was keen to emphasise that none of the lyrics were crowd-sourced but were all official and aboveboard.

Sadly, both the iOS and Android Shazam apps failed our Bohemian Rhrapsody test. We’re already on the case, tagging away at said classic rock staple. But to be honest, if you don’t know all the words to that song already, well, shame on you. Shame on you.


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