Twitter has released a new service called #music which uses tweets and artists’ Twitter accounts to help users discover more artists that match their tastes. The service uses iTunes to deliver short previews of each song along with a link to purchase, and you can also connect your Spotify or Rdio accounts to listen to full tracks that way instead.
The release comes as little surprise following speculation and leaks about the discovery platform that have seeped out over the last month. The service is already live on the Web for users in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, who can access #music by pointing their browser to music.twitter.com or by downloading the free Twitter #music iPhone app from the App Store.
playing with this new @twittermusic service. this is going to be really cool for music discovery when it’s released
— ??E G????? MØB (@theglitchmob) April 12, 2013
Just like Vine, #music uses existing Twitter accounts so there’s no lengthy registration process. Once authorized, #music looks for artists you are already following which appear in the Me section, while recommendations based on these tastes appear under Suggested. Two other tabs, Popular and Emerging, list currently trending artists as well as “hidden” talent currently being Tweeted about.
I tested the app with Spotify and once paired with the iPhone app, it is able to play music completely within the app. The browser version, however, still requires the Spotify desktop player to be open on your local machine as there is not yet a Web version. The grid-based layout is sharp and quite pleasing visually, and previews load virtually instantly.
Twitter has announced plans to introduce the service to more countries “over time”, and also plans to launch an Android app. Look out for a detailed look at the new service here on MakeUseOf very soon.
Have you tried Twitter #music? What did you think?
Source: Twitter Blog