Author Topic: LyricsReloaded (Updated)  (Read 15134 times)


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Got it. Thanks much.

It's not doing any harm, and for the most part I'm getting the lyrics I need/want. So I'll leave it enabled along with frankz's.
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That's good information to know.  Something to remember when using the plugin is that sites don't want you using plugins like this. They get nothing out of it.  It's a hacked solution.

The plugin is designed to bring up lyrics for songs as you listen to them and then utilize what's built into MB to view or save them.  Like, one song every three or four minutes or so.  That's a reasonable use and not something, I think, that sites would spend much time objecting to or caring much about.  It is not designed (as near as I can tell - I didn't design it) to be a bulk downloading tool. There is some code written for rate limiting, but I don't know how it was meant to work or if it was actually implemented anywhere.

The plugin actually has some rate limiting functionality integrated as I hit that problem as well back in the day. I think I never actually documented that though. Might even be completely untested :D

For developing new providers or testing existing ones I can recommend using the included unit test suite and testing tool, helped me a lot during development and maintenance. I became fairly quick at hacking together new provider configs.

It's great to see this still alive and kicking! I'm still open to assisting with technical problems, if wanted.
Last Edit: February 12, 2020, 11:45:13 PM by quick_wango


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I don't really have the know-how, either, but the OP for the original lyrics reloaded states that it's not an update of Steven's plugin but a total rewrite, and since he did use some sources from the original plugin and didn't use others, I'd assume the reason he decided not to use the sources that he chose not to use was that those sites are not compatible with the structure of the plugin.

In fact, looking at that OP now, he says certain sources are "not possible yet" in that post, and those include the ones from the original plugin that he didn't use.

If something has changed and you're able to make a working YML file for any of those sites, I'll be happy to add it into the plugin.  I've been pretty clear that the kind of RegEx skill needed to create these files is not in my wheelhouse and life is kind of coming at me too fast in this last year to get anywhere close to learning it.

The great thing about Lyrics Reloaded is that anyone can add sites to it on their own and then offer the YML for others to use, too.

Wish I could be more helpful, but I'm really just an overseer of the plugin.  My skills are such that I can do cleanup and maintenance but not really creation.

The two don't interfere with each other at all as far as I can tell.  Why not just use both?

The architecture of the plugin allows to implement entirely different provider concepts side-by-side (in the codebase they are called LyricsLoader). The current concept (StaticLoader) relies entirely on the websites having a stable and predictable URL per song, that can be derived just from the limited song metadata that is available (which often can be done with surprising accuracy as you know).
I originally planned to implement a second loader implementation that tries to use search functions of the websites. so the flow would be like:

1. Construct a search query based on the song metadata
2. Call the site's search functions
3. Extract song URLs from the search results
4. Try to find a single best match in the results, possibly applying some fuzziness
5. Extract the lyrics from the matched URL's site as usual

So provider Yaml files would require a couple more options (search URL, search query filters, URL extraction regex) for these.

In case someone is interested in implementing this, I can assist, but I will not implement this myself as long as there is no native MusicBee for Linux.
Last Edit: February 12, 2020, 11:46:39 PM by quick_wango