Strophes is an indispensable complement to iTunes
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Strophes is an indispensable complement to iTunes


Sometimes you run across a Mac app that's so well designed and executed you add it to your "gotta have" arsenal. Such is the case with Strophes (http://stroph.es/), a new lyrics app for Mac OS X Lion. It costs US$4.99 and is available exclusively through Apple's Mac App Store in the Music category.

I listen to a lot of music -- and I like to know the lyrics to songs. Strophes automatically downloads and displays the lyrics of the songs you're listening to. It's compatible with iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Radium and, with a downloadable Safari extension, YouTube (more on that in a moment).

When you launch Strophes you're presented a menu of iTunes, Rdio, Spotify, Radium or YouTube. Click the one you want and the app will launch. In other words, click on iTunes in the Strophes menu and iTunes opens.

Play a song and the lyrics appear in the Strophes window. There are controls to pause, fast forward and reverse through a song or your music library. You can even access Twitter and Facebook directly from Strophes.

In the top of the Strophes window, you can click on a search option. You can also click on a "people" icon and get info -- such as biographies -- on the artist/artists you're listening to, based on data from Lastfm.

You can choose to show the lyrics in a variety of languages and three fonts (Helvetica, Noteworthy and Bradley Hand ITC TT). I'm partial to Noteworthy. You can also customize Strophes' look by choosing among three themes: Cafe Royale (my favorite), Charcoal and Golden Twine.

With Strophes and the downloadable Safari extension previously mentioned, you can go to YouTube and listen to any music video. You'll see an extra button for "lyrics." Click it to open Strophes and read the song's lyrics. At least that's the theory.

Strophes never missed a beat (pun intended) when it came to finding lyrics while running iTunes. However, it had problems finding lyrics in YouTube. I tried various artists including T.T.L., the Black Keys, Maroon 5 and Justin Bieber. More than half the time, the lyrics were unable to be found.

On, the bright side, if for some reason the lyrics can't be tracked down, you'll get this cute message: "Ouch, it seems like we couldn't find any matching lyrics."

I wouldn't recommend purchasing Strophes for use with YouTube. But it's a great complementary app for iTunes.

Rating: 8 out of 10

-- Dennis Sellers

 
AAPL
$117.16
Apple Inc.
-1.74
GOOG
$534.52
Google Inc.
+23.86
MSFT
$40.40
Microsoft Corpora
-1.61
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Playworld Superheroes Review
Playworld Superheroes Review By Tre Lawrence on January 30th, 2015 Our Rating: :: HERO CRAFTINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad It’s all about the imagination, fighting bad creatures — and looking good while doing so.   | Read more »
Join the SpongeBob Bubble Party in this...
Join the SpongeBob Bubble Party in this New Match 3 Bubble Poppin’ Frenzy Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 30th, 2015 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Handpick Review
Handpick Review By Jennifer Allen on January 30th, 2015 Our Rating: :: TANTALIZING SUGGESTIONSiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad Handpick will make you hungry, as well as inspire you to cook something new.   | Read more »
Storm the Halls of Echo Base in First St...
Storm the Halls of Echo Base in First Star Wars: Galactic Defense Event Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 30th, 2015 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Contradiction Review
Contradiction Review By Tre Lawrence on January 30th, 2015 Our Rating: :: SPOT THE LIEiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Contradiction is a live action point and click adventure that’s pretty engaging.   Developer: Tim Follin Price: $6.99 Version Reviewed: 3 Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini 2 | Read more »
Unlock Sunshine Girl in Ironkill with th...
Unlock Sunshine Girl in Ironkill with this special 148Apps code Posted by Rob Rich on January 29th, 2015 [ permalink ] Robo-fighter Ironkill has been out on iOS a | Read more »
Crossroad Zombies Review
Crossroad Zombies Review By Jordan Minor on January 29th, 2015 Our Rating: :: CROSSWALKING DEADiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Crossroad Zombies is a rough draft of a cool genre mash-up.   | Read more »
Blood Brothers 2 – Tips, Cheats, and Str...
War is hell: Is it the kind of hell you want to check out? Read our Blood Brothers 2 review to find out! Blood Brothers 2, DeNA’s follow-up to the original Blood Brothers, is an intriguing card collecting / role-playing / strategy hybrid. There’s seemingly a lot to take in at first, but with 148Apps’ help, you’ll soon be able to effortlessly smack... | Read more »
Blood Brothers 2 Review
Blood Brothers 2 Review By Nadia Oxford on January 29th, 2015 Our Rating: :: AN AGGRAVATING RELATIVEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Blood Brothers 2 is built on a simple, solid foundation, but its free-to-play system doesn’t play fair.   | Read more »
I AM BREAD, the Toast of the Town, is Ro...
Have you ever dreamt of being deliciously gluten-y? Do you feel passionate about Rye and Wheat? The guys at Bossa Studios do and that is why they are bringing I AM BREAD to iOS soon. The loafy app will feature all the new content that is being included in the Steam Early Access version. You’ll get the all new garage area and Cheese Hunt mode... | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.