Windows 8 – App Highlight: Musix Match

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How many times have you had a song stuck in your head and wanted to know the lyrics, but all you can remember is the same verse that plays over and over (and over) again in your head?

If you are anything like me, this happens a lot.

If you have Windows 8 Consumer Preview and are looking for a lyrics finding program outside of the browser, you are actually in luck with Musix Match.

Immediately you are greeted by an app that clearly tries to hold pretty close to the Microsoft tile-based Metro styling.

It is actually rather simply laid out, click on any tile brings you to a secondary page that has either a video and a lyrics spot, or just lyrics.

Additionally there is a search option, though I’m less of a fan of it as it is one of the apps that uses the charm bar search system, though I’m starting to get used to this approach.

My first search didn’t turn up any results, but for the most part I found that there is a pretty robust amount of songs that this database can find, both older and newer and of a variety of different styles.

Once you are to the lyrics, they are laid out very cleanly in columns. That’s pretty much it. There is nothing ground-breaking to this app but if you are looking for lyrics to a song, it does the job and does it very well.

Sure, you could just use the web, but where is the fun in that? Not to mention, full-screen web shells like these seem to remove the access ‘web bloat’ and just simply give you results, quick and easy.

This is what I like about Metro, all the data that you could find on the net or in a desktop app, but stripped of all the unnecessary bloat.

The best comparison I can think of is that desktop/standard website usage is like a day that really went well. You got everything you wanted and you go to bed happy.

Sure you had to scrub the toilets and clean the dishes, but for the most part, the day went great.

Metro is that same great day, but someone else did the dishes and scrubbed the toilet for you. Same great stuff happened during the day, but none of the stuff you didn’t want to know. Not a perfect analogy but it will work.

I wasn’t sure about Metro, I really wasn’t. The more I spend time with it though, the more I like it.

Microsoft could have a real hit on their hands. The catch? They need to find a way for users to get past their initial apprehension.

This could prove easy said than done.

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