Twitter Music is launching on iPhone and the web today, and you no longer have to be a star to enjoy it. After a short period of testing with select music artists and celebrities, the music discovery service will be made available to everyone later on today.
If you’re unfamiliar with Twitter Music, it’s a new service that helps you discover and listen to new tunes based on the artists and the bands that you follow, those trending on Twitter, and those currently being enjoyed by your friends.
ABC News, which got an exclusive look and the new iPhone app today, explains that the service is split into four sections: Popular, Emerging, Suggested, and #NowPlaying.
Popular shows you new music that’s currently trending on Twitter, while the Emerging section shows “hidden talent found in tweets.” Suggested presents you with artists you may like based on the bands and artists you already follow, and #NowPlaying shows you what your friends are listening to.
The iPhone app has “a slick and polished design,” ABC’s Joanna Stern reports. “And the fact that you don’t have to leave the app to listen might be one of the best parts.”
Twitter Music integrates popular music services like Rdio, Spotify, and iTunes to give you the ability to play tracks right within the app — so you won’t be sent to another app or to another web page to listen to music. You’ll only get a preview if you choose to listen with iTunes, but if you’re an Rdio or Spotify user, there are no limitations.
Not only can you listen to music, but you’ll also be connected with the artists and bands behind it, with quick access to Twitter profile pages. From here, you can even see who your favorite artists are following and who they’re listening to. It’s like getting recommendations from your friends, except they happen to be music superstars, Twitter says.
Look out for Twitter Music on the web and in the App Store later today.
- Source ABC News