What you need to know
- Spotify is testing a new live lyrics feature with some users in the United States.
But it won’t be available to everyone yet.
According to Engadget, Spotify is A/B testing a feature that will display time-synced lyrics as a song plays, allowing users to sing along. But the new feature is only available a portion of people thanks to the A/B testing situation.
Don’t be surprised if you never see these live lyrics show up, though. Spotify is a big fan of A/B testing, so only a subset of its users will actually be able to use the feature. While the company has said that on-screen lyrics are among its most widely requested features, the whole point of this exercise is to measure the demand for lyrics in the company’s US user pool. Spotify declined to comment went asked how many users it planned to make the feature available to, but it provided the following statement:
“We can confirm we’re currently testing our lyrics feature to a select number of users in the US,” a spokesperson told Engadget in an email. “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. We don’t have any further news to share at this time.”
Apple Music already offers a similar feature that has proven popular and Spotify itself has tested live lyrics in other regions, including Brazil, Mexico, and Hong Kong. There’s currently no timescale for when the feature will be made available to the public at large, however.
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