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How to download lyrics for songs?


When you buy an Audio CD, usually you get a booklet with lyrics and other important or not so important information. As you rip your CDs to MP3 or other audio formats, you still can look into the booklet for lyrics. However, MP3 and other formats offer you much better choice. You can store lyrics, as well as other information, inside your music files. You can also save lyrics as text files. Most media players recognize both of the methods. They will show lyrics while playing the corresponding file, so you won't need to search for a text in booklets.

This option can be even more valuable if you have thousands of songs in your collection. Or if you have no booklets at all.

To download lyrics for songs from the Internet, you will need some tool like mp3Tag Pro.

Step 1: Download and install the program.

Download mp3Tag Pro to a known location. Run setup and follow on-screen instructions to install it.

Step 2: Start the program. Select a song that you want to get lyrics for.

Launch mp3Tag Pro. Enter the path to your audio files into the address field, or just browse to the folder like you do in Windows Explorer.

Enter a path, or select a folder with songs

You can browse your computer by clicking the folder symbol next to the address field, or entering drive letter into the address field and then double-clicking folders (Windows Explorer-like style), or using the tree on the left.

Once you are in the right folder, make sure that your files contain all necessary information (1).

Download lyrics for one song

Now you can select a file and download lyrics for it. Just click the Download lyrics button on the toolbar. If after a few seconds no lyrics is shown, click the green arrow button that will appear near the Download lyrics one on the toolbar to switch to another source.


OK, the lyrics is there, in our lyrics editor. Now you should save it. There are two basic methods, as we have already mentioned. The lyrics can be saved inside your MP3 (FLAC, APE, OGG etc.) file, or into a new text file. To use the first method, just click "Save" on the toolbar (note that UAC of Windows Vista doesn't allow to change files in a custom folder; if you can't save tags, change ownership on the folder, or start mp3Tag Pro as administrator). To save lyrics into a text file, click the diskette symbol in the lyrics window.

Step 3: Get lyrics for many files at once.

If you need to download lyrics for multiple files, the described above method can be boring. However, mp3Tag Pro allows you to fetch lyrics for thousands of audio files at once. Just select all the files using "Select all" button, or with your mouse, and click the Download lyrics button on the toolbar:

Download lyrics for multiple files

Now, if you click "Yes" in the dialog box, the lyrics will be downloaded and saved for all selected files automatically.

If you need to get lyrics for files from multiple directories, use the "Scan subfolders" button to the right of the address field.

The trial version of mp3Tag Pro downloads only a half of lyrics for each file. If you are satisfied with the feature, you can purchase the program online and remove all restrictions immediately with your registration data.

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