Twitter Launches New Music App for iOS and Web

Following rumors of a new music app for iOS from Twitter last month, the company today announced the public release of the new service. The app, which is available as a free App Store download and rolling out on the web, integrates a number of existing services to give users each access to their Rdio and Spotify subscriptions, as well as previews of iTunes Store content.

The songs on Twitter #music currently come from three sources: iTunes, Spotify or Rdio. By default, you will hear previews from iTunes when exploring music in the app. Subscribers to Rdio and Spotify can log in to their accounts to enjoy full tracks that are available in those respective catalogs. We will continue to explore and add other music service providers.

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Twitter #music is unsurprisingly based around existing Twitter services, taking advantage of Twitter trends to detect popular and emerging artists and songs and leveraging users' own follow lists and those of artists to recommend new music. ABC News has more on how the app works:

The Popular page shows you new music that's trending across Twitter while the Emerging tab shows "hidden talent found in tweets." While those two parts feed you information about what the collective Twitterverse is jamming to, the last two focus on who you follow and your personal music taste.

The Suggested tab shows artists you might like based on the artists you follow on the service and who they follow. And finally the #NowPlaying tab shows songs your friends are listening to or tweeting about. For instance, if your friend tweets that they are listening to a song by Justin Bieber, that song will show up on that page.

Twitter #music is available now in the App Store with support for users in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. [Direct Link]

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98 months ago

Why mention JB in the article, why?!

Why mention that a quote in the article mentions JB, why?!

OT: I haven't touched Twitter once yet.

I highly recommend touching Twitter. It can be quite useful, informative, and entertaining.
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98 months ago
I can't imagine this is any worse than iTunes Genius selections. These still suck big time. As my title suggests I'm a big jazz fan. 95% of music library is made up of jazz. Genius finds the 20 pop tunes my wife added and rotates them in and out of all the Genius selections.

I have to agree with this Twitter release doing exactly the same. It knows only the crap pop music that most all of you listen to, and it will think i want to hear the same and tell me how important it is for me to listen too.

If it does get just one of you to open your ears and realize that 4/4 isn't the be all end all and that vocals can work without gymnastic embellishments than it will not be a total waste.
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98 months ago

Even though it's designed to route out the hidden gems out there, we all know it'll be hijacked by the Beliebers and other such whiny 'mainstream' dross, just like Twitter itself.


I'm not sure you use Twitter. And if you do, you're doing it wrong
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98 months ago
Even though it's designed to route out the hidden gems out there, we all know it'll be hijacked by the Beliebers and other such whiny 'mainstream' dross, just like Twitter itself.
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98 months ago
very clean design on this app
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98 months ago

The trick to keeping Twitter relevant if you follow a lot of people is to make use of lists. Every time you add someone categorize them properly into a new list (essentially a feed). I have a news/music/close friends list, all separate feeds I regular and find very useful. No rummaging required.

Very good tip. Thanks for sharing! Going to give this a try as well as the new Twitter music app and see how it goes.
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