The rumor that Twitter’s eagerly anticipated music service would be dropping late last week may have turned out to be false, but today, Twitter #music is finally upon us. With many hundreds of millions of active users on its network, a concentrated music discovery service would seem the natural next step, and although still in the early stages, it will help users source new artist recommendations based on their Twitter activity. An iOS app also accompanies the launch, and although there isn’t a corresponding Android version just yet, it should hit the Google Play Store before long. Full details can be found right after the break!
Twitter #music is not a streaming music service per se, but rather a tool which uses the artists you’re following to build up an index of others you might also like to listen to. It’s a Web-based app which allows songs to be played directly via the likes Rdio, Spotify and iTunes, and with Facebook having recently bolstered its musical integration with artist recommendations, Twitter #music certainly hasn’t arrived before time.
At this point, it’s only gone live in the UK and Ireland, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, but more countries will be added to the roster in the very near future. It will go head-to-head with the likes of CBS-owned Last.fm as well as Facebook in the field of music discovery, and after the disappointments of last week, it will be interesting to see if Twitter #music catches on.
If you’re an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device owner, you can grab the Twitter #music app right now from the App Store link provided below. Bit of a bummer for Android fans that Twitter couldn’t muster an app for the Play Store as well, but certainly not something those on Google’s mobile OS haven’t seen umpteen times before.
The iOS app is, as you would expect, absolutely free of charge, and be sure to let us know of your initial impressions by dropping your comments via the usual mediums below!
(Source: Twitter #music for iPhone on the App Store)