Have you ever listened to a song, and found yourself singing words understandable only by you, as if written in some strange dead language? Can you speak Spanish but have immense difficulty hearing the individual words of a Latin song? Do you still think the Beatles sang Chicken to Ride?
It has always been possible to go online and look for the lyrics of a song, but this involves the tedious steps of loading a browser and entering the exact names of the song and artist. With TuneWiki, this problem is solved, because when you are listening to a song on your phone, the app gets the lyrics through the internet and displays them in a fun karaoke mode. Furthermore, if you wish, it can translate them into over 40 languages.
But the app is not only a bridge to a complete database of lyrics and songs; it has a few more features that make it very attractive, besides being a powerful media player.
The developers list the principal features of TuneWiki as follows:
Play music, stream Internet radio, and videos – all with synchronized lyrics that can be instantly translated into over 40 languages.
Find and follow friends and TuneWiki users to see what they are listening to in your SongBox
Comment on songs played in your network and see what others are saying about your music.
Song ID with synced lyrics! Discover the song and artist of songs you don’t know.
Explore Song Maps and real-time Top Charts to discover popular songs nearby and around the world.
Discover and sample songs you don’t own.
Create, manage, and edit playlists.
View and edit detailed tag info for artists, albums and songs.
Your plays in TuneWiki scrobble to Last.fm.
It also allows access to YouTube and other internet video providers. You can even show a friend how great a video clip is and see the lyrics while watching. And, like most media players, it shows you the album cover and the basic info of the artist and the song.
The SongBox is a great feature that makes the music experience completely social — especially interesting if you like to search and scout for new artists of any particular style, or simply discover new musical values. It works like a box where you store your favorite songs and share them with the world. Then you select muses; formerly referring to Greek goddesses which inspire the creation of literature and arts, in the 21st Century muses are your personal musical soulmates: other TuneWiki users whom you follow.
All the music your muses listen to will automatically be added to your SongBox, so you will be able to preview or purchase all the music listened to by your muses. Other users can add you as one of their muses, and this way, the circle of social music is complete: friends and followers, muses and fans.
The Map feature is another interesting one, enabling you to see what charts and songs are the most listened to in your area. You can also use this to find friends, and maybe some muses, wherever you are.
With this you can reduce the risk of being exposed to too much mainstream music, and it is a great way for the local artists to get out of the dark. But the feature also works the opposite way: you can see where in the world your favorite obscure song is being played, and add those listeners as your muses.
Social Music around the Globe
The app also has a feature that’s become increasingly common in media players recently: the recognition of a song by their musical fingerprint, through the SongID service. This means that, when you do not know the name of a song, the app can recognize it for you. This way, you can use all the potential of the app and get all the information about the song so you can update your data.
As you can imagine, it was a common issue in older versions that when you did not know the correct song name and artist, the main functionality of the app was lost.
If you like gaming and thinking (and are a bit of a smart aleck), you will enjoy Lyric Legend, a game which tests your knowledge about the lyrics of a song while it is playing.
TuneWiki is has been presenting new features frequently (it is very common to get an update once a month or even once a week), so it is very intriguing to find what is to come next. From my point of view, this is a strength for the application — but has also become a weakness, because the developments have led the app to be too heavy for some phones. This has led to unexpected closures and slow performances. The app size is more than 8MB. This can also be a problem when you don’t have a data plan or a Wi-Fi connection.
My Own Experience
When I first started using Android, one of the first apps I looked for was a decent media player, but all the ones I found were too tasteless or too stuffy. Eventually I found TuneWiki, and it has been my media player since then, because of its functionality and great looks.
From the start, it was a simple media player with the aggregate of the lyrics loaded from databases around the net, but it has developed to become a complete social media player — and with all this improvement, I’m always curious to see what is coming next.