pearLyrics is a simple app that automatically retrieves song lyrics as they play in iTunes.
pearLyrics can also search for lyrics without playing the song thanks to a manual search bar and it will even populate the lyrics inside your iTunes Library.
As with many apps of this kind, pearLyrics' success rate in retrieving lyrics is a bit hit and miss. Popular songs are sometimes retrieved but even then, other major songs and tracks simply won't. With this standalone application you can also pre-fetch lyrics for whole iTunes playlists so you have them ready when you need them. Note that there is also a desktop widget version too.
The problem with pearLyrics is that Apple have probably restricted the amount of access it has to iTunes. This means that it can't retrieve songs or ID3 tag data like it could before the latest update. This is in part due to pressure from record companies who see the retrieval of song lyrics as violating copyright.
pearLyrics is a brave attempt at providing a simple iTunes lyrics retrieval tool but the success rate is quite low..
- Updated lyrics site parsers. This is an 'unofficial' update contributed anonymously.