Apple looks to improve the lyric search abilities of Apple Music

Apple Music already does a pretty good job of providing lyrics to the songs in its database. However, a newly granted patent (number 11,106,722) for a “lyric search service” hints that Apple wants to kick this ability up a notch.

About the patent 

In the patent data, the tech giant notes that specialized services have been developed that can compare a query based on an audio snippet with a repository of audio files. Such services search for a match of the audio snippet to the audio waveforms within the audio files. However, Apple says that these services can’t match a text-based query string with the content contained within the audio waveform in the audio files. This means a user cannot easily search for a song based on the lyrics of the song. 

Apple says the best that a user can typically do is perform a text-based search on the Internet and hope that the query matches a transcription of the lyrics in a song that is published on a website. Once the user has the information about the song, they can then perform another search to locate an audio file of the song within a data repository maintained by a music sharing service. Apple wants this process to be more seamless for Apple Music users.

Summary of the patent

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent: “This application relates to a client-server architecture that enables search queries to be applied to transcription information for multimedia files. A server device implements a service configured to query a search platform to retrieve results associated with a plurality of multimedia files stored in a content database. The results are ordered according to a plurality of heuristic values calculated based on a text relevance analysis. 

“The service is configured to modify the heuristic values to adjust an order of the results, and generate a response to a search request that includes a representation of at least a portion of the transcription information of the multimedia files referenced by the results. The heuristic values are modified based on at least one of a popularity score for a corresponding multimedia file, a weight associated with a particular field, or a relevance score based on feedback signals.”

The accompanying graphic illustrates a search query performed utilizing a client-server architecture to find lyrics.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.