jwzlyrics works with Music.app on macOS 10.15. Let me know how it goes.

Music.app has a lyric-displaying sidebar now, but I made this work out of curiosity to see how stupid the port from iTunes.app to Music.app was. (Answer: medium stupidity.)

They respond to all the same AppleScript messages, just in a different namespace -- in case doubt lingers about it being a lie that iTunes has been "retired" and Music.app is some brand new thing. No. No, they just renamed the app and deleted a bunch of features. I told you so.

Most of the hassle involved silent failures due to moving target sandboxing API whack-a-mole.

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4 Responses:

  1. incster says:

    Seems to work for me so far, and you managed not to break Spotify support.

    If you ever want to spend more time on jwzlyrics, I have a feature request. Spotify often adds extra text to song titles, which makes the LyricWiki search fail. For instance, Buzzcocks 'Orgasm Addict - 2001 Remastered Version' shows up as 'No lyrics', even though the 'Orgasm Addict' lyrics are in the wiki. If you would strip off the - and following text, lyrics would show up much more often for me.

    • jwz says:

      Easy enough. I already do lots of rewriting/retrying like that. Are these always ASCII hyphens or do you see Unicrud em-dashes and such too?

      • incster says:

        Of course Spotify doesn't let you copy the song title text from the app, and when I export the playlist using one of the online exporters, it strips the - and following text from the song title. I can search for tracks in the app's search bar, and it finds the exact version (with the -), so I think that is a simple ASCII hyphen.

      • incster says:

        With version 1.19, it finds the lyrics, but crashes quite often. I have not figured out what triggers the crash.

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