When Apple Music gets a redesign this fall as part of the wider iOS 10 rollout, users will have the option to view song lyrics while they listen. That seemingly Herculean task is going to take a team of lyrics curators and a detail-obsessed manager to oversee them. Enter: You.
As spotted by MBW, Apple has just posted a new job listing for a "Lyrics Curation Manager" out of its Santa Clara Valley office. Aside from needing to be a "flexible individual" with "strong analytical skills" and a proficiency in Excel, the qualifications note that experience with lyrics would be a major plus. Apple was looking for lyrics curators in June.
"We’re looking for a manager to lead a team of lyrics curators with excellent writing skills, music knowledge, and attention to detail," the job post says. "Passion for technology and a will to question the current workflows with the mindset to improve tools and processes. General understanding, love, and ideally, experience in writing lyrics."
Launched a year ago, Apple Music is said to be working on a new interface that will replace the current colorful look of its text and backgrounds with simple black and white, as well as bigger album art. "The simple, intuitive design makes it even easier to enjoy your favorite songs," the company touts on a preview page for iOS 10. "You can also view the lyrics while you’re listening to them."
Apple Music’s chief rival, Spotify, recently removed its lyrics function from across all platforms when its partnership with Musixmatch soured. Whether the new job posting means Apple is going it alone in regards to collecting, transcribing and/or licensing lyrics -- or if there will be a mixture of in-house/third-party for different elements -- remains to be seen. A spokesperson for Apple confirmed a team was working on bringing lyrics to the service but declined to expand further on the project.