Lyrics can be fetched again from lyricwiki.org in spite of the ban of the API from major music producers. One more little victory of digital freedom!
Yesterday night I was so frustrated by my widget not working anymore that I had to find a solution. The workaround was very simple indeed: the lyricwiki.org lyrics pages have the author and the song title embedded in the URL of the page, with little or no difference from the previous REST method to access lyrics.
Check out the posts of the dashboard widget and the massive lyrics script for updates: I’m going to fix them soon so that they work again!
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Just as I was planning an update for my lyrics and scripts based on lyricwiki.org I ran across this annoying message inside my widget dadelyrics:
I guess this will be the end of the project, unless I can find a similar service. I think however it will always be playing the rat and the mouse between the majors and who offers lyrics APIs.
Fortunately I could download all the lyrics in my iTunes library prior to this with my massive lyrics ruby script!
Well, it’s time to update the two posts removing the download of the programs that used the lyricwiki interface. Shame!
Let’s hope that new and brilliant services like the ones from lyricwiki won’t be censored anymore.
I built a simple lyrics widget playing around with dashcode. I’m sure there could be many improvements on the concept, but I wanted something as simple as possible to have quick and dirty dashboard lyrics.
It displays the lyrics from the current track playing in iTunes, taking them from the lyrics field.
The Lightning button will see if there is no lyric content in the iTunes song. If it is so, it interrogates lyricwiki.org and add the lyrics to the iTunes track.
in order to use the widget you have to run these commands in the terminal.
sudo gem install rb-appscript
sudo gem install curb
To have all your songs with lyrics added automatically check out my massive lyrics update script! Have fun!
I recently found a fantastic website to get lyrics for songs: lyricwiki.org
No ads and plenty of lyrics available for free, even for italian artists or pretty unknown songs. I was also pleased to discover that the website offers an handy REST interface to fetch (or upload) lyrics from scripts update: I found a workaround to retrieve the lyrics without the banned lyricwiki API: read more here.
So I coded a script to fetch and update the lyrics for the selected songs in iTunes automatically. It cycles through all the selected songs and if it finds the lyrics on lyricwiki it puts them into the corresponding field of the iTunes track. I tested the script on my whole library and – after 5 minutes – most of my tracks had lyrics attached.
After having booked the hotel in egypt, we decided it was time for some summer BBQ, so we travelled to a rather unknown and beautiful spot here in northern italy: the delio lake. It is a very small lake among the woods near the border between Italy and Switzerland: maps. It is used as a water reservoir for energy production, so it has two dams at its shortest sides and the water level can sometimes float (nothing too sudden though). We had four BBQ grills, tons of beer and meat to cook and most of all an isolated place where you can do whatever you want. So nice. The water in the lake is a bit cold, but nothing you cannot bear, and after a couple minutes it becomes pleasant to swim in it. All in all this lake is definitely a place to go if you are looking for a spot away from the crowded summer beaches, where you can BBQ and have fun with friends, surrounded by a great environment!
I did a lot of job interviews in Milan lately and I needed a way to have the subway map handy when I was in a hurry and with no wifi… so why not saving it on the iPhone for offline viewing? Here’s the map I want to use!
I knew that some hacks allowed reading PDFs on the iPhone offline, but that required having some bookmarks in safari both on the iPhone and on the Mac, or to mail it to yourself, but those methods aren’t so practical!
Instead it is possible to create handy offline webclips on your iPhone by using some simple steps!
A webclip is simply a web link with an icon that the iPhone puts among the icons in your springboard. In this tutorial we will create a webclip that instead does not connect to the internet, but displays your document right away! Let’s get started!