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Genius app review: find the answer to all your pop culture questions and more



If you’ve ever been frustrated by the meanings of song lyrics, or wondered where your favorite artist got the idea for their lyrics then you need to check out Genius - Search and Understand. This ground-breaking app has the answers to a lot of your questions and probably some questions you didn’t even know you had. This is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Genius: Song Lyrics + Music Knowledge


The Meaning Behind the Music

There are other apps that are designed to help you find a song you hear on the radio such as SoundHound but Genius - Search and Understand takes it a step further. This app is actually designed to help you find the actual source of the meaning behind the music. What is Taylor Swift trying to say in her hit Shake It Off? Genius - Search and Understand will help you find the meaning behind the music. It will also help you to find the hidden meaning behind great pieces of literature or the background of a historical figure.

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There isn’t much not to like about this app, it has an excellent user interface and it’s easy to use. It’s also completely ad free which is rare for a free app. The only thing missing in this app is a help section or a video tutorial. This isn’t a major handicap though, as the App Store description of the app includes a great explanation of what the app does and it’s one of those apps with a pretty intuitive interface that doesn’t really require a lot of explanation. This app will require 15.3 MB of free space on your iOS device.

How it Works

The Genius - Search and Understand user interface is very user friendly. On the home screen you’ll see a list of categories at the top to choose from, and a search bar if you want to enter your own query. Once you’ve made your selection the app will perform a search for any information it can find on the background of how the song got its start and what the lyrics really mean. You can also search for the meanings of lyrics in your own music library from within the app which is a really cool feature.

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If you want to you can create your own profile but it’s not a requirement for using the app. There is one other feature that’s really cool though. If you’re listening to a song and you just can’t remember who it is you can hold your device close to the music source and the app will determine who the artist is, what song it is, and the history behind the music.

Genius: Song Lyrics + Music Knowledge


Pros and Cons


  • Intuitive user interface
  • Allows you to find the meaning behind any lyrics, famous piece of literature, or historical figure
  • Built in ability to listen to live music and recognize the artist and the song


  • No help section

Final Words

Genius - Search and Understand is an excellent app for finding out a little bit about the background of your favorite songs. As a bonus you can use it to learn about a piece of history or a historical figure as well. This app is definitely one you should add to your device.


Genius: Song Lyrics + Music Knowledge

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Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.