YouTube has become a go-to location for listening to music -- you get the video as well, but many of us just leave that in the background and listen while we work or surf. However, sometimes we all want to know exactly what the artist sings about and it can be difficult to decipher. Now there is a browser extension that works cross-platform with Chrome, Firefox and Opera to help you out with that.
I tested it out using Google Chrome, my personal browser of choice, but I assume it works the same and just as well with the other two options.
Like any Chrome extension, installation is easy and no restart of the browser is necessary. Once installed you will find a small icon at the end of your URL bar.
Now, when you visit YouTube and begin playing a music video you see the lyrics automatically populate in a small column that appears down the right side of your screen. The plugin works in German, French, Spanish and Italian and can be moved, resized, toggled and closed depending on your preferences.
It also displays a link to the source for the lyrics and options to choose different sources as well. There is even a small search box to search for the lyrics of other songs. If you grow tired of the display then you can click the icon in the Omnibar to close it.
This may not be for everyone, but I suspect that most of you are like me, and want to know what the artist is saying -- a feat that is not always easy to discern. It is also simply an extension, which means it is free and easy to disable, or simply use when you want to know. Plus it does not take up a lot of screen real estate so it is not really in the way. The icon in the URL bar appears only when you begin playing a song on YouTube, plus it also works with GrooveShark as well.
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