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10.5: Find iTunes song lyrics using Spotlight
Authored by: nicola_s on Mar 01, '08 08:56:22AM

I started to poke around with mdls a little to see if it's possilbe to force the ©lyr atom to be indexed by spotlight, but strangely mdls used on an mp3 file with lyrics doesn't list any lyrics, even if they are in the file and they are actually indexed because spotlight gives the results. so now I don't have any idea on how apple implemented this.
A little more digging and I discovered that the proper spotlight prefix for lyrics is 'intext', so if you put into spotlight search:
intext:"Pay for the light"
you'll obtain an exact phrase search of your mp3 lyrics. without the intext: prefix the exact phrase search won't work for lyrics.



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