Lyrics Locked Behind Spotify Premium? Try This App Instead (2024)

Lately, Spotify’s free tier has been all kinds of messed up, gradually chipping away at features. The music streaming app is limiting access to basic features like the option to skip to a song or repeat it. Recently, Spotify even started hiding lyrics behind a paywall. As a Spotify user who has not purchased the premium version, this led me to search for an app that shows and translates lyrics while Spotify plays the songs in the background.

I Felt the Need for a Lyrics App, All over Again

All of these problems led me straight to Musixmatch, all over again. I’m saying all over again because it was the OG lyric app back in the day when we used to load tracks on our phones for offline listening. I don’t know about you, but I don’t do that anymore. I’m glad though that I got back to using it. It’s unlike any other lyric app you have used.

Let me show you examples:

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Here, you can see how even though Spotify or YT Music weren’t able to show me the lyrics to a song, Musixmatch did. Besides, the app interface is also very simple and self-explanatory and I never felt the need for a tutorial.

Most importantly, the lyrics appear on a floating window, which gets summoned automatically as soon as you play a track on a music streaming service. While its compatibility lies with Spotify, Apple Music, and YT Music mostly, it can detect your local library too if you have one.

Sometimes though, the Musixmatch app can glitch out if you’re using multiple streaming services at once, and get confused about where to fetch the lyrics from. In that case, simply clearing your recent apps and re-launching the app again solves this issue.

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Interestingly, even Spotify’s lyrics generation is powered by Musixmatch, in case you didn’t know. The Musixmatch app is not limited to only Spotify, it’s pretty versatile. However, with YouTube Music, the app’s lyrics database was slightly limited and didn’t offer lyrics for all the tracks.

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Real-Time Lyric Translations for the Win

As someone whose music taste ranges from Fujii Kaze’s Shinunoga E-Wa at one time and jumping to the ultra-popular Despacito next, I’ve always wanted an app that’d translate these songs without being intrusive, and Musixmatch does that. Take a look at how it works:

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Most importantly, as I said, I needed an app to translate the lyrics for me. You get the feature on Spotify as well. But, if the lyrics don’t even load up most of the time and are hidden behind a paywall, there’s no point. As for Apple Music, it doesn’t offer translations. So, ultimately, having this floating window hover over any of these apps is better.

Besides, you can also choose from a selection of languages to translate the particular track to. You also get to see the percentage of translation completion for these languages. English is almost always at 100%. Popular tracks like Shape of You have most language translations at 100%, which is incredible! However, with the other languages, it varies from track to track. A great feature to have, nevertheless.

In addition, Musixmatch also lets you customize the floating window. You can change the window’s display mode and lyrics showcase in between the Compact or Extended options, as well as change its color.

On top of that, if you’re feeling particularly creative, you can create LyricsCard(s) and share it with your friends. Moreover, if you want to specifically search for a particular song’s lyrics, you can search for it in the app as well. Then, like Shazam, you can also identify tracks in reels.

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The best thing? These features are available on the free version as well. Which brings me to state how…

Musixmatch’s Free Version Is Enough

I was really impressed by how effective the free version of the app was. From real-time lyrics to translations, it offered all of those features. Of course, with ads, if I may add. But, those ads were never intrusive and just showed up in the floating window panel at the bottom.

Still, I went premium to see how different it was from the free version. In all honesty, apart from slightly faster lyrics loading times, there’s not much extra going on. Oh yes, you can also save lyrics to songs offline, if that’s something you’d want. But, that’s about it.

Besides all of that you can do with the app, there’s also a dedicated community working towards providing the lyrics and improving on existing ones. You can become a part of it and contribute as well, thereby collecting points and increasing your presence in the community.

In case you’re wondering, the app charges you Rs. 714.29 for an entire year, if you’re luckily in India. In addition, if you’re a first-time subscriber, you will get 50% off on that price, bringing it down to just Rs. 357.19, which is an insanely good price. However, if you’re in the US, it starts at $2.99/month, billed annually at $36 (roughly Rs. 3,000).

You can easily stick to the free tier and still make the most out of Musixmatch if you’re looking for the best lyrics apps for Spotify, Apple Music, or YTMusic. It certainly serves my purpose of offering real-time lyric translations. If your needs align with mine, there’s no other app like this, and I’d highly recommend hopping on the bandwagon!

Lyrics Locked Behind Spotify Premium? Try This App Instead (2024)


Why is Spotify forcing me to buy premium? ›

Spotify says the move comes as Indian market has matured now and that the recent changes might encourage users to get a Premium subscription. Spotify music streaming service has decided to lock certain features behind paywall in an attempt to increase Premium subscribers in India.

How do you unlock premium on Spotify? ›

Instead, go to to pick your plan and upgrade to Premium.

Why can't I get Spotify Premium through the app? ›

If you're an iPhone user, you can't upgrade your Spotify subscription through the app. You'll have to log on to Spotify's website and upgrade if you want to do that.

Why is my Spotify Premium not working? ›

You may have accidentally signed up to Premium on a second account. Note: There are a few ways to sign up, e.g. with email, phone number, Facebook, Apple, or Google. Try logging in with these to find your account. If you're sure you don't have another account, see 'Check your payment status' below.

Why can't I use Spotify without premium? ›

Free Spotify accounts come with a partially functional offline mode that allows you to listen to podcasts. However, free users can't listen to albums and songs offline — you need a Premium for that.

Why isn't Spotify free anymore? ›

Spotify DOESN'T need to offer a free version. They count on two things. Spotify can make money from advertising.

What's the difference between Spotify and Spotify Premium? ›

Spotify Free gives subscribers access to the Spotify library, podcasts and audiobooks. The main difference between the Free and Premium options is that you will listen to ads with the Free version. The Free plan also does not allow the ability to download music or play songs in any order.

How do I change my Spotify Premium to free? ›

Partner Premium plans
  1. Log into
  2. Under Manage your plan, click Change plan.
  3. Scroll to Spotify Free and click Cancel Premium.
  4. Continue through to the confirmation message.
  5. Wait until your account switches to free at your next billing date.

How do I get Spotify Premium for free permanently? ›

Method 4 Use Spotify Mod APK(Android Devices only)

Spotify Premium APK is a modded version of the Spotify Official Android App. With Spotify Mod APK installed, you'll have all the Premium features without paying any Premium subscriptions or fees. This free Spotify Premium APK currently run on Android phone only.

Why can't i pay premium on Spotify? ›

Make sure your payment method has sufficient funds, and is: Registered in the same country to your Spotify account. Not expired or canceled. Enabled for foreign, secure online, and recurring purchases.

What happened to Spotify Premium? ›

The price of Premium Individual is changing from $9.99/month to $10.99/month. We're increasing the price of Premium Individual so that we can continue to invest in and innovate on our product offerings and features, and bring you the best experience. Thanks for being a fan of Premium. The Spotify Team.

Is there a problem with Spotify right now? ›

User reports indicate no current problems at Spotify

Spotify is an online music streaming service. Spotify uses a freemium model, offering a basic service free of charge while enticing customers to upgrade to a paid subscription plan that includes mobile applications and advertising free stream.

Why does Spotify say it can't play this right now? ›

Spotify often displays the "Can't play this right now" error if the audio output isn't set properly. On Windows 11, right-click the volume icon in the taskbar, then click Open volume mixer. On Windows 10, press Win + I and select Sound > App volume and device performance.

Why is Spotify pushing premium? ›

This shift suggests Spotify's strategy to encourage free-tier users to consider premium subscriptions. By modifying the free experience, the company might nudge users towards a more versatile and seamless paid service.

Why has my Spotify gone from premium to free? ›

The most common reason for your Premium subscription suddenly disappearing is due to having a second Spotify account created using Facebook. The best thing to try is logging out of Spotify, then back in using your email address and password.

Why does Spotify need premium for everything? ›

Spotify Premium offers several benefits over the free version which include no ads, unlimited skips and replays, enhanced audio quality, offline listening, and full control of what you listen to. They also allow access to limited events and exclusive podcasts.

Why can't I play songs on Spotify for free? ›

Spotify has imposed restrictions on its free tier users in India. These users will no longer be able to manually play songs in a specific order or rewind. They also won't be able to repeat songs, go back to previous songs, or select a specific part of a song.

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