So another week, and another Apple Music vs Spotify article. This week we’re looking at lyrics and more importantly a job post from Apple.
This seems like an awesome job! Apple is looking to hire a “lyrics curation manager,” this I imagine involves attaching the right words and lyrics to each song for Apple Music’s soon to be released lyric function. Apple say this position is for someone to manage a whole team of lyric curators.
Here is the main part of the job description: “We’re looking for a manager to lead a team of lyrics curators with excellent writing skills, music knowledge, and attention to detail. Passion for technology and a will to question the current workflows with the mindset to improve tools and processes. General understanding, love, and ideally, experience in writing lyrics.”
Apple announced back in spring last year that they would be adding a lyric function to their streaming service which they have been working on since, with a recent announcement of a iOS10 update that would bring changes to Apple Music, which would include a redesign, a ‘downloaded’ section and… lyrics.
So why is this important in the battle of Apple Music vs Spotify, well Spotify dropped their lyric feature, Musixmatch, back in May.
A Spotify spokesperson stated the removal was due to an upcoming update, telling Music Business Weekly: “I can confirm our lyrics feature is currently unavailable as we’re making some big improvements to the feature. We’ll share more updates soon.”
A Musixmatch spokesperson responded: “We regret the end of this partnership… [but] we will not allow anybody to ignore our business model.”
So this is another feature Apple Music could utilise against Spotify, seeing as they no longer have a lyrics feature.
Spotify’s paid subscribers currently stand at more than double that of Apple Music. With over 35m people paying for Spotify and Apple Music’s subscribers are somewhere just over 16m.
And as we reported earlier this month, although Apple Music may be behind on the number of subscribers they’re service is available in 55 more countries than Spotify, and is currently running in 60 countries where Spotify is unavailable.
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