Next time you're out and about and can't recall the name of a song or the artist who sang it, try out Twitter song-lookup service LyricRat.
It's a simple app that allows users to send any lyrics they remember to @LyricRat. In return, users get a title, an artist, and a link. The link then directs users to a LyricRat page with album art, reviews, and links to Amazon for instant gratification and MP3 downloads. We put LyricRat to the test and think it's a great app for an awful lot of music.
The app was developed by 9Astronauts. Here's how it works for a fairly well-known song:
Sweet, no? However, we did manage to stump the app on a couple counts. A showtune lyric returned something that wasn't even a song, which was a strange glitch to witness:
And LyricRat had no idea about these lyrics from the Ataris:
That being said, with a little work, it could be a great app for a ton of music. We didn't see the option to download individual MP3s, a must-have function for impulsive song purchasing. Also, the app doesn't handle misspellings or mistakes very well, so type carefully. For example, we turned in a slightly mangled version of Lit's My Own Worst Enemy and LyricRat told us we must've been humming Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Still, for a quick mobile lookup via Twitter or a friendly game of "stump the app," LyricRat does the trick.