The iTunes Music store now features lyrics on many of their songs.
Hello, dear music industry. You've come a long way. I remember the days I spent in the late nineties digitizing all my audio CDs to MP3 (or was it Ogg Vorbis at first? I can't recall). Many years ago I stopped buying CDs altogether, being a creature that craves instant gratification, and started buying my music through iTunes or other online stores where I could buy, download and play that music immediately.
There are many benefits to this, but one of the best is that a digital file can contain a lot of metadata. That is, information about the music in addition to the music itself. Things like, the name of the artist, the publisher, the year it was recorded and so forth. Why, these files can even include a picture of the album art. Fancy!
Well, one bit of metadata that is consistently missing (in my experience), is the actual song lyrics. Some audio CDs would include a copy of the song lyrics within a small pamphlet. Now, some iTunes "LP" editions include a PDF file that are the digital equivalent to that CD insert, but that isn't as accessible as storing the lyrics in the MP3 itself. iTunes even has a special tab for displaying song lyrics, and you'll see any attached lyrics when the song is played on an iPhone. This field can be populated manually— there are even apps out there that will try to do this for you, but why aren't they included by the publisher directly? There really is no reason not to.
So basically, I'd like to see the lyrics show up in this field, when I purchase a song that has vocals in it:
Please fix that.