Are there any "lyrics sites" that aren't a pop-up nightmare? September 11, 2003 10:51 PM   Subscribe

User Cyrano just seconded my recent contention that it seems every "lyrics site" is a pop-up nightmare that would shame most pr0n sites (not that I'd know...). Are there any "lyrics sites" that aren't? Come to think of it (really stupid question follows), are "lyrics sites" even half-way legal, or do they just exist because ASCAP and BMI are not as evil as the RIAA?
posted by wendell to MetaFilter-Related at 10:51 PM (15 comments total)

I always found Leo's Lyrics to be a pretty friendly site.
posted by dhoyt at 11:22 PM on September 11, 2003


Not entirely sure about the specifics on legality, but I assume it is treated like any other written work. The biggest lyric sites have always eventually been shut down, as with a lot of sites that contain guitar tabs and that type of thing. Which has always ticked me off, a good portion of the time you can not understand part of the lyrics and the damn cd booklets don't have any lyrics half the time...

Google Toolbar keeps the pop-ups eliminated for me.
posted by bargle at 11:43 PM on September 11, 2003


No links to back this up but I remember a couple of years back, a number of lyrics pages WERE getting C&D letters and those types of sites were getting somewhat hard to find. Now they're all over the place again (thank God). I've wondered what ever became of all that legal maneuvering.
posted by mathis23 at 11:46 PM on September 11, 2003


Sorry bargle. I guess you sort of beat me to it.
posted by mathis23 at 11:48 PM on September 11, 2003


popups? What are they?
posted by Space Coyote at 3:44 AM on September 12, 2003


I got tired of Firebird freezing on a regular basis and didn't like the way Opera "rendered" some of my favourite pages. (Rended would be a more accurate description). So I went back to IE with the Google toolbar. Probably the best bet for technically incompetent nincompoops such as myself.
posted by squealy at 4:51 AM on September 12, 2003


So I went back to IE with the Google toolbar. Probably the best bet for technically incompetent nincompoops such as myself.

And the best bet for the technically competent who are realists about web standards.
posted by thanotopsis at 5:37 AM on September 12, 2003


Pop-ups? What are they?
posted by carfilhiot at 7:27 AM on September 12, 2003


PS Try Crazy Browser. It's IE with tabbed browsing and built in pop up killing.
posted by carfilhiot at 7:30 AM on September 12, 2003


Much better than Crazy Browser is Avant Browser, also an IE shell (includes mouse gestures, flash filter, more nice features.)
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 12:09 PM on September 12, 2003


try finding the lyrics on the actual band's site (or a fan based one) instead of a general lyrics site.
posted by goddam at 12:11 PM on September 12, 2003


And the best bet for the technically competent who are realists about web standards.

Can you explain what this means?
posted by yerfatma at 1:24 PM on September 12, 2003


goddam, like glorious riches on Mr. Springsteen's Web?
posted by billsaysthis at 4:10 PM on September 12, 2003


> And the best bet for the technically competent who are realists about web standards.

Can you explain what this means?

I expect it means, roughly, "IE is the de facto standard and thus standards compliance in the long run is tantamount to 'What IE Does'."

Perhaps replace "realists" with "pessimists," but it does have some teeth to it.

Though I'm using Moz and loving it.
posted by cortex at 6:24 PM on September 12, 2003


>Perhaps replace "realists" with "pessimists," but it does have some teeth to it.

I've been using Moz or Firebird since 1.0 and have seen sites change to accomodate standards. Suddenly some big site fixes its MIME types, its tables, etc. Moz is becoming more usable because of its vocal users. If a site is a real pain then the webmaster will hear about it, over and over again. Whether she doesnt anything about it is her perogative, but currently 10% of all browsers are not IE. Many business don't want to alienate 10% of its users. (of course the 10 percent depends on who you ask, some statistics go lower some go higher. 8 seems to be average while 10 is the working rule of thumb)

I think the Moz, macs, and mobile devices are really pushing standards because the web is no longer limited to using IE on a big beige box in your living room. vbs script is practically non-existant, ActiveX is for spyware and scammers, but IE has a lock on a lot of multimedia sites because of how well its tied into WMP. Can you say bundling?
posted by skallas at 8:44 PM on September 12, 2003


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