Lyrics syncing in iOS 10 [#13784]

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Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 10 [#13784]

by Ludek » Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:38 am

FYI: Lyrics sync to iOS 13 is fixed in : ... ad#p466475

Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 10 [#13784]

by Ludek » Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:29 pm

I can confirm that starting from iOS13 the lyrics silently fails to sync to the device.

The issue is tracked as ... 784#c50457

Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 10 [#13784]

by outlandis » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:50 am

I apologize if I should have opened this as a new topic but it is essentially the same issue as this except it is now occurring in IOS 13. And unfortunately in the process of trying to diagnose the issue I've discovered a possible regression that is related.

With both a iphone 11 Pro and an Ipad Pro 11 both running the latest ios 13.3.1 the lyrics no longer sync to the device. It seems this was actually present throughout the ios 13 lifetime because lyrics were only present on the songs that were "held over" from ios12. I wasn't sure why some songs had lyrics and some didn't but I wanted to make sure I could replicate the problem before I posted anything.
Tried syncing, clearing the music on the devices and resyncing, tried syncing only a small subset of files all with the same result no lyrics.
As a result of this, and having to resync my almost 10,000 songs I also discovered the behavior that was present some time ago but fixed where after 20 or so songs there would be a significant pause in the sync before it resumes.

Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 13 [#13784]

by Ludek » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:36 am

Hi, just tested with iOS 11.4, but I haven't been able to replicate the issue. Lyrics synced just fine.

I used these steps:
1) Deleted all songs from my iPod Touch using MM
2) Selected one (not well known) track in MM and changed lyrics to 'aaaaa'
3) Right-click the track > Send to > iPod Touch
4) Opened music app, tapped the track to start playback
5) clicked track artwork below to bring the Now Playing screen with large artwork
6) Scrolled down to show the lyrics
=> Lyrics 'aaaaa' are there

Could you try with this steps or which steps did you use?
Note I used not well known track just to ensure that auto-search lyrics feature won't overwrite my 'aaaaa' lyrics.

Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 10 [#13784]

by Ludek » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:03 pm

Thanks for reporting, re-opened to look into it.

Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 10 [#13784]

by otulandis » Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:10 am

Seems like the lyrics syncing from MM to iOS is broken again.
I'm not quite sure when it broke because I only realize that it's broken when I go to query the lyrics of a song with the music player app and they are not there.
First thing I then do is check other songs and when I see multiple songs without lyrics syncing then I make sure that MM has lyrics.
After finally having the time to check it out, I realize that all 3 of my iOS devices (iPhone, Ipad pro, and ipod touch) on iOS 11 do not have lyrics synced.

Erased all the music and started over to make sure it wasn't an issue with something I was doing and verified with fresh sync on all devices that lyrics do not sync.
Unfortunately, I can't be much more specific, but it seems pretty widespread on all my devices so it might be easily reproducible.

Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 10 [#13784]

by Lowlander » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:25 pm

Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 10 [#13784]

by markmai86 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:21 pm

Ludek wrote:FYI: It is fixed in build 1820
Where or when can we download this build/fix?

I can only download the 1813 on the website

Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 10 [#13784]

by Ludek » Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:13 pm

FYI: It is fixed in build 1820

Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 10

by Ludek » Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:46 am

Hi, you seem to be right.

I re-tested it and tracks synced using iTunes shows the lyrics in the Music app.
It had to be a test error when I tested it lastly.

So yes, it is about reverse engineering of iTunes sync now, tracked as:

Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 10

by outlandis » Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:05 pm

Just as an update, if I attempt to export the playlist from MM into iTunes, the lyrics work fine. Seems that iTunes must be correctly doing whatever it does to the BPLIST files.
I understand the complications with trying to reverse engineer a sync process but it's not really an option to use another music player for be because of how well the native music player works with CarPlay.
If there is anything that would help to get the lyrics working with the native player I'd be happy to do whatever I can.

Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 10

by Ludek » Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:01 am

Unfortunatelly it seems so (unless Apple fix it in the default iOS 10 Music app).

Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 10

by outlandis » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:33 am

So am I to assume this will not be fixed and the only way to have the lyrics display is by using a 3rd party (Cesium) music player?

Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 10

by Ludek » Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:58 am

OK, just done some tests and results are:

iOS10 also don't accept BPLISTs with lyrics metadata during transfer (fails to send manifest) -- i.e. #12701 is still valid
- with Music app only some of the tracks has lyrics (e.g. Moby, 18, In My Hearth), but many tracks fails to show the lyrics (e.g. Sting, Brand New Day, Brand New Day)
- with Cesium music app _all_ songs are showing lyrics

Note that the Cesium app can show also some addition info like grouping and comment ( )
Also star rating is still possible with Cesium (no longer possible with the Apple's Music app starting from iOS10)

So workaround seems to use Cesium music player .

Re: Lyrics syncing in iOS 10

by outlandis » Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:25 pm

I cannot get the show lyrics option to show up on my iOS device. I figured it is because there is a new way that iOS was looking for the lyrics and it's not seeing them.
I have an iPad, iPhone and Ipod Touch and it is the same way on all of them.