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Lyrics ID3


Amarok Script

Score 79%
Lyrics ID3

Lyrics ID3

Lyrics ID3

Link:  http://
Minimum required   PyKDE/PyQt
Downloads:  4605
Submitted:  Nov 27 2006
Updated:  May 28 2012


Die deutsche Übersetzung der Skriptbeschreibung:



Available Languages
The script is available in:
- English
- German
- French
- Italian
- Czech
Read Lyrics from ID3
his is a lyrics script for Amarok. In contrast to many other lyrics scripts, it fetches the lyrics not from the Internet. It uses the possibility to store lyrics in the ID3 tag of mp3 files (USLT frame). So if there are lyrics stored in file and this script is running, Amarok will display the lyrics.
ID3v2 allows to store multiple lyrics in one file. They are separated by different language codes and/or comments. In this case the script let you choose between the different lyrics by a simple click.

Additionally there is a rudimentary support for Vorbis Comments and FLAC Comments. It is possible to specify a key value (the default is LYRICS). The first comment containg the keyword will be read out and displayed as lyrics in Amarok.

As for Ogg Vorbis there is a feature for reading lyrics in m4a (mp4 (AAC)).

Many lyrics contain characters, which are not in the range of ASCII. In order to handle these characters, you should use a appropriate standard out encoding, like UTF-8 or Latin1.

There is no configuration required by the script.

Save Lyrics to ID3
With this script you can save the lyrics of a song in the ID3v2.4 tag of a mp3-file. If you use a mp3-player which can read this tag (USLT frame in ID3), it will display the lyrics.
To store the lyrics, two options have to be specified: a three letter language code (ISO 839-2) and a comment or description of the lyrics. This script provide to modes on how to save the lyrics. These modes are Automatic Mode and Manual Mode. Additionally you can delete already stored lyrics.
All lyrics are stored in UTF-8, which require ID3v2.4. So all tags with versions 2.x will be updated to v2.4. If there is only a ID3v1.1 in the file, an additional tag will be created. If there is no tag at all, no lyrics will be stored.
Many lyrics contain characters, which are not in the range of ASCII. In order to handle these characters, you should use a appropriate standard out encoding, like UTF-8 or Latin1.

Automatic Mode
In this mode the lyrics are stored automatically. Every time Amarok starts a new song the scripts waits a specified time then it fetches the lyrics and stores them in the file. For a successful use of this mode, you have to configure some stuff. First of all you need the specify a language code and a description which will be used. Second you have to specify a waiting time. This represents the time between a track change and the start of the storing process. The amount of seconds is calculated by the song length divided by waitTime. Thus a bigger the value of waitTime leads to a shorter time between a track change and the storing process.
All these configurations can easily be done with the configuration dialog provided by the script. To use this, mark the script in the script manager in Amarok and click on configure (the script has to be in running mode).
If you to disable the Automatic Mode you can easily do this during the configuration process.

Manual Mode
- Saving Lyrics -
You can also save the lyrics manually. For this you can use the context menu entry: saveLyrics. The action is always based on the selcted songs in the playlist. If you click on saveLyrics, you will get a dialog where you can specify the language code, description and lyrics.
If there are already lyrics and the file, the dialog will show the language code and the description of the lyrics in the file. The displayed lyrics are always the ones, which Amarok displays in the context browser. To overwrite the lyrics just acknowledge the dialog. If you specify new options, the lyrics will be stored additionally except Change Comment is not checked. If this is checked, the lyrics will not be stored additionally. The lyrics will be stored with the same language key and a different comment. So the previous lyrics will be deleted in the file. If there are more than one lyrics with the selected language key in the file, just one will be overwritten.
- Deleting Lyrics -
This works like the saving process. If you use the context menu entry removeLyrics a dialog will show up. In this dialog you can specify the language code and the description of the lyrics which should be deleted.

  • Python 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 or 2.6
  • Python Mutagen (http://code.google.com/p/mutagen/)
  • pyhton-qt3
  • Python Minidom
  • Python urllib
  • kdialog

  • Warning
    The lyrics are stored in the mp3-File. I can not guaranty that the file is not damaged after the writing process.
    The file type is only verified by extension.

    Translators wanted
    I am looking for translators. So if you want to contribute, translate the script in your favorite language and send me the result. I will release your translation with the script.
    If you have experience with translation and gettext you can use messages.pot provided with the script. Otherwise you can contact me and I'll explain how to do the translation.

    Previous Versions
    Previous Versions of the script can be found at:

    Save Lyrics to ID3 Button
    By applying this patch to the Amarok source code you will get an additional button in the lyrics tab. By pressing this button you can save the lyrics directly into the mp3 file. This button avoids the inconvenient context menu approach.

    Feedback is appreciated and please report any bugs.

    Finally, thanks to every contributer!


    Version 1.8-beta
  • Bug fix in XML processing by madli *thanks*

  • Version 1.8-alpha (cs)
  • Czech translation from Pavel Fric *thanks*

  • Version 1.8-alpha
  • KApplication and kdialog is not needed anymore (-->Script should now work with newer versions of python and kde)
  • Removed automatic installer for python-mutagen

  • Version 1.7
  • corrected link in README to French translation
  • Italian translation and some spell checks from Marco Poletti *thanks!*

  • Version 1.6a
  • small bug fix version

  • Version 1.6
  • french translation by pgraber *thanks!*
  • set STD_ENCODING to ASCII as default

  • Version 1.5
  • some unicode fixes on notifiactions
  • disabled debug output by default

  • Version 1.4
  • new Icon
  • fixed character sets errors in mass tagging

  • Version 1.3
  • support for FLAC
  • configurable key name for FLAC/Vorbis
  • added Mass Tagging Feature
  • the action is now based on the selected songs in the playlist
  • Configuration Dialog

  • Version 1.2a
  • removed popup if no lyrics are found

  • Version 1.2
  • removed debug(lyrics)
  • reading support for m4a
  • using mutagen for Ogg Vorbis
  • Timer for Automatic Mode is stopped, if Amarok stops playing the song.

  • Version 1.1
  • started with translation (gettext)
  • If mutagen is not installed, the scripts tries to install it.
  • READMEs are in well formated XHTML
  • Automatic Mode can be disabled
  • changing comments is now possible
  • some structural changes in the code
  • very small bug fixes
  • all dialogs are now in front by default

  • Version 1.0
  • error message on wrong language code was always shown after configuring the script

  • Version 0.9
  • spec-file
  • better description of the script behaviour
  • politer messages
  • non-ASCII characters in comments are handled
  • small bug fixes

  • Version 0.8
  • exit gracefully on stop
  • automatic mode did not work

  • Version 0.7
  • removed dependency of dcop lib (which caused many problems for python2.5 users)
  • saving in vorbis is deactived by default, because I have no time to maintain this script

  • Version 0.6
  • many encoding fixes (thanks to aeternos)

  • Version 0.5
  • GUI for configuration
  • improved the dialog for saving the lyrics
  • you can now edit the lyrics before saving
  • better dialog for deleting the lyrics

  • Version 0.4
  • added non ISO language codes
  • waiting time is now configurable
  • (click on 'configure' to initialize your configuration-file)
  • new configure option: comment
  • cleaned up code

  • Version 0.3
  • removed pause option
  • small bug fixes

  • Version 0.3alpha
  • initial release with python-mutagen

  • LicenseGPL
    Source(Lyrics ID3 v1.8-beta)
    other(Previous Versions)
    other(Patch for "Save to ID3" button)
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     Not working for me on fc5

     by IceRabbit on: Jun 18 2008
    Score 50%

    this is the error which comes in yellow box in amarok.

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "/auto/sea/u/sea/0/user/argupta/.kde/share/apps/amarok/scripts/read_lyrics_from_id3/read_lyrics_from_id3.py", line 51, in ?
    from kdecore import KApplication
    TypeError: invalid argument to sipBadCatcherResult()

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     Re: Not working for me on fc5

     by IceRabbit on: Jun 19 2008
    Score 50%

    well it was my bad

    Just for the info to people having problems. Install the latest version of sip with pyKDE/pyQT

    Also I think the author can mention it in the requirements.

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     Re: Re: Not working for me on fc5

     by stifi on: Jun 19 2008
    Score 50%

    Thanks for the info IceRabbit. I don't know anything about the packet management on Fedroa, but I think it is a depency problem. For me (I am using Debian), python-sip4 is required for the package python-qt3.
    Anyway, I'll post a note for that problem, thanks!

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     by Dareus on: Aug 19 2008
    Score 50%

    Is (or will be) this plugin usable with amarok2?

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     Re: amarok2

     by stifi on: Aug 19 2008
    Score 50%

    Is not.

    Will be: Not in the near future because I'll wait till KDE 4.x and Amarok 2.x will be finished for "All-Day-Use", which will last for quite a long time, I think.

    But if someone wants to start developing the script for Amarok 2, I would be a helping hand

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     Ogg support

     by mortenwendelboe on: Sep 4 2008
    Score 50%

    I have made a few changes to save_lyrics_to_id3.py i order to make the script save the lyrics i a ogg-file. As I only save lyrics (and don't remove lyrics), I just made the changes to the saving part. I can send you the changed file if you are interested.

    /Morten Wendelboe

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     Re: Ogg support

     by stifi on: Sep 4 2008
    Score 50%

    Yes please send it to me and I'll have a look on it. If you have time and you'll feel in mood please add the "deleting-feature" to round out the feature list. Thanks for your efforts.

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     no module named kdecore

     by sefrot on: Sep 20 2008
    Score 50%

    I have this error and I don't know what packages install in debian

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     Re: no module named kdecore

     by stifi on: Sep 21 2008
    Score 50%

    You need: python-kde3

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     Little bug

     by edybsd on: Sep 28 2008
    Score 50%

    In file read_lyrics_from_id3.py,
    method lyrics2xml
    the following line:

    artist = kwargs['title']

    should be

    artist = kwargs['artist']

    By the way, great script...

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     Re: Little bug

     by stifi on: Sep 29 2008
    Score 50%

    Thanks for the report. I'll change that for the next release.

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     Flac support

     by sodrian on: Oct 15 2008
    Score 50%

    Thanks for such a great script! But I want to ask one question. When flac support will be implemented? There is already a lot of tag editors that support writing and reading flac lyrics. Why not adding this feature to your script?

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