Yahoo adds 400,000 song lyrics to online music store

Apple Store“Yahoo Inc. is expanding its online music section to include the lyrics of 400,000 songs, hoping to strike a chord with Web surfers looking for a more reliable alternative to Internet sites that publish the words without the permission of the copyright owners,” Michael Liedtke reports for The Associated Press.

“The Sunnyvale-based company is touting the free service to be unveiled Tuesday as the Web’s largest legally licensed database of lyrics,” Liedtke reports.

“The database and licensing deals were cobbled together over the past two years by Gracenote, a digital media management specialist. The Emeryville-based company, formerly known as CDDB, is best known for developing technology that automatically recognizes the tracks on compact discs – a feature that is included in Apple Inc.’s widely used iTunes software,” Liedtke reports.

“The 400,000 song lyrics included in Yahoo’s database span about 9,000 different artists, ranging from old standbys such as The Beatles and Bob Dylan to more recent stars like Radiohead and Beyonce,” Liedtke reports. “Nearly 100 music publishers are contributing song lyrics, including industry heavyweights BMG Music Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group and Warner/Chappell Music.”

Liedtke reports, “Yahoo is hoping its database stimulates even more traffic on its music service, which is already the most popular on the Web. Yahoo music attracted 22 million U.S. visitors last month to rank it ahead of AOL music (17.5 million visitors) and MySpace music (14.8 million visitors), according to comScore Media Metrix.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Adam W.” for the heads up.]
We’d like to see lyrics available via Apple’s iTunes Store. Would you?


  1. Tripp:

    If you have lyrics entered for a song within iTunes (Get Info -> under the Lyrics tab), then you can view them while a song is playing on your iPod the same way you cycle through the slider and album art – press the center button a couple of times.

    – Jeremy Avalon

  2. PR flackery at it’s best: 400,000 lyrics by 9,000 “different” artists?

    Whod’a thunk each of them wrote 44,000-and-change songs.

    This must be the same moron who extolls the virtures of a new house that features bi-directional stairs.

  3. Hmmmm, Yahoo is a L…o……s…..e…..r again. Found this on their internet radio section.

    Browser Requirements

    Yahoo! LAUNCHcast is currently compatible only with Internet 6.0 or higher for Windows.

    Currently, we do not support LAUNCHcast Radio for Macintosh or Firefox on Windows. If you are experiencing difficulties utilizing our service with any other browser application, we recommend trying the above versions to correct the issue.

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  4. “Wrapped up like a douche, another runner in the… uh, no that’s not it”

    “Excuse me while I kiss this guy… hmmmm, doesn’t sound right”

    “There’s a bathroom on the right… oh forget it! I’m going to Yahoo”

    (yeah right).

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