How Musixmatch established itself as the largest legal database of song lyrics
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Musixmatch integrates with native music players on mobile devices and displays the lyrics to the song currently playing – without having to launch the app

Musixmatch, a database and platform that displays song lyrics, is now the largest catalogue of lyrics in the world and has established its own standalone-site. Founded in Italy, Musixmatch integrates with native music players on mobile devices and displays the lyrics to the song currently playing – without having to launch the app.

Musixmatch has grown exponentially since its founding and currently boasts over 30 million app downloads with 10 million active users – 2 million of which use it daily. This success is due in part to the fact that the app does not need to be run manually, and seamlessly integrates with the most common music players automatically. The result is an easy-to-read interface that floats on the screen, transforming any device. – from a mobile screen to a smart watch to a connected TV set – into an instant karaoke machine. The app also integrates with YouTube, Spotify, and Google Glass.

Musixmatch displays song lyrics along with the song - seen here from the perspective of a Google Glass wearer. Photo Credit: Screenshot

Musixmatch displays song lyrics along with the song – seen here from the perspective of a Google Glass wearer. Photo Credit: Screenshot

Due to its rapid success, Musixmatch has recently released a standalone lyrics website, which has logged over 3 million users in a matter of weeks. The site allows users to discuss song meanings, as well as to translate, search for, and contribute new lyrics. As part of its growth, the company is establishing new offices in London, opening up new job openings and growth potential for Musixmatch in 2015.

Bologna based Co-founder and CEO Max Ciociola, said in a statement: “With lyrics as one of the top searched terms on Google and billions of people every month trying to find the words to their favorite songs, the opportunity for Musixmatch to continue innovating is vast.”

Established in 2010, Musixmatch quickly established deals with every major music publisher and with over 8,000 independent  publishers. The result is a database of close to nine and a half million lyrics in 39 languages, achieving the company’s vision of becoming the world’s largest legal lyrics catalogue.

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