A script for showing lyrics on track pages

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15. Apr. 2008, 9:44

I recently came across the non-profit lyrics website LyricWiki, and was struck by how well-suited lyrics are for the wiki medium. I have previously preferred SongMeanings, but LyricWiki already matches it in terms of content, and has an enormous potential (if it manages to avoid the threat of being sued out of existence by greedy rights-owners, that is).

I have also wished, like many others, that song lyrics were included on Last.fm. So I got the idea to write a Greasemonkey script that added song lyrics to Last.fm track pages, using lyrics from LyricWiki.

The result, when for example viewing the page for the song Ode We Will Bury Ourselves by Moving Mountains looks like this:



In order to use the script, you need to be using the Firefox browser and have the GreaseMonkey extension installed. Once you do, install the script and try it out.

I thought that, since the lyrics panel can grow pretty big, it would be nice to be able to collapse the panel, hiding the lyrics. The setting is persistent, and when a track page is loaded with the panel collapsed, the lyrics are not loaded until it is expanded, eliminating unnecessary requests to LyricWiki.

Also, I couldn't decide where on the page to put the panel, so I made it possible for the user to choose where to place it, using arrow buttons.

(The script is hosted at Userscripts.org.)

Kommentare

  • CONFIQ

    it took me 10 secs 'till i found Lyrics panel but i finally found it! Very nice idea/hack! Thank you!

    15. Apr. 2008, 21:15
  • Avalyah

    I like it, great work ;]

    2. Mai. 2008, 8:57
  • acrylamid

    Take a look inside the G-Monkey group. I hope I can find this script in the group too. http://www.lastfm.se/group/Greasemonkeys

    12. Mai. 2008, 12:46
  • esc4p1st

    Of course you can find it there. There is an item on the overview page, as well as a thread in the forum.

    12. Mai. 2008, 13:50
  • knaaq

    i love this script, thanks!

    9. Jul. 2008, 22:38
  • esc4p1st

    There is now an updated version that works on the new site.

    21. Jul. 2008, 16:26
  • Bloopy

    Nicely done! I started adding my own lyrics to LyricWiki.

    22. Jul. 2008, 0:21
  • RedXXX

    Thanks...great script!

    24. Aug. 2008, 0:46
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