SoundHound Inc. today unveiled LiveLyrics, a new capability for the company’s popular music identification and discovery tools. Users can now legally integrate lyrics as they play music, including using the lyrics to navigate.

LiveLyrics is available with unlimited usage in the latest version of the free SoundHound app and the paid SoundHound Infinity app on Apple’s iOS devices. It makes it possible for consumers to navigate based on lyrics, meaning playback can be controlled by actions like double-tapping a specific line, or scrolling through the lyrics and tapping on the desired section.

Additionally, consumers who use SoundHound’s music recognition to identify any part of the music now shows moving lyrics automatically aligned to the audio.

LiveLyrics launches with 500,000 tracks, expanding to 1 million tracks by the end of the year. SoundHound says that’s significantly more than its nearest competitor, Shazam. Shazam reports its LyricPlay feature includes the 25,000 most popular tracks in its catalog,

There is a lot of entrepreneurial activity regarding song lyrics at the moment. Different approaches are emerging following the development and release of relevant APIs, and licensing services – like Gracenote, the one SoundHound uses – are responding.

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