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I wonder if there is a database or technique of collecting the timings of a song?

I found this post linking to MusicXML. However, it seems MusicXML is for sheet music. I am looking for data relating to music of the more general variety.

I'm looking for something that gives the lyrics of a song as well as the time in the song a lyric occurs.

Can anyone suggest anything?

  • What kind of license do you need? Freely re-usable? – Nicolas Raoul Nov 10 '14 at 8:54
  • Ideally free but I'm open to any license the best option has to offer – sisko Nov 10 '14 at 15:36
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I think what you are looking for are .lrc files aka scrollable lyrics

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(Not a very practical answer, but maybe can get the ball rolling...)

If you can create a list Youtube links to the songs or albums you want, you can download the captions (subtitles). These have a timestamp along with the lyrics.

With YouTube you can search for videos with captions. Unfortunately, I found that many are listed with captions but actually don't have any meaningful text.

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Here is an example of one video with good captions (link).

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You can see the transcript by going to "More" and then "Transcript".

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One tool to do download captions is called Google2SRT.

What is Google2SRT? Google2SRT is a tool that can download "not embedded" subtitles (Closed Captions - CC) from YouTube and former Google Video and convert them to a standard format (SubRip - SRT) supported by most video players.

There are some online tools, too, such as keepsubs.com and yousub.net (although questionable how reliable).

Also, a Firefox add-on.


You could also use OpenSubtitles.org to download subtitles soundtracks or concerts.

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