26 February 2021
Spotify’s live lyrics feature is available to a number of markets today but it was not offered in the US for many years. Now, this is about to change as according to Engadget, Spotify has confirmed that it is testing out the live lyrics feature in the US, which means the feature should be rolled out to every user in the country soon.
Spotify does A/B testing for a lot of new features before rolling them out widely to the consumers. Similarly, the live lyrics feature is being tested and will be rolled out in the country once Spotify believes the feature is fully ready.
A spokesperson told TechCrunch,
“We can confirm we’re currently testing our lyrics feature to a select number of users in the U.S. At Spotify, we routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve our user experience. Some of those tests end up paving the way for our broader user experience and others serve only as an important learning.”
The company didn’t provide any additional details but did pass that it has partnered with Musixmatch to offer the feature in the US. The music data company has already been providing Spotify’s lyrics feature in various non-US markets.
Note that Spotify did partner with Musixmatch in the past and provided the lyrics feature in the US. But it ended its partnership and started working with Genius to offer the “Behind the lyrics” feature that shows lyrics and trivia about the song being played. Now, it seems due to great demand, the company is bringing back the lyrics feature.
Spotify went into partnership with Musixmatch again last year in June and announced the expansion of new lyrics feature in 26 markets across Southeast Asia, India, and Latin America.
As reported by TechCrunch, Musixmatch confirmed it has partnered with Spotify on the new US test.
Musixmatch CEO and founder Max Ciociola told TechCrunch,
Musixmatch is growing at a fast pace thanks to [the] continued investment we’ve made [over] a decade. We’re focused now on bringing more data to continue enriching the audio experience globally.