While the rumors have been around for a while, we decided to wait until a service actually happened before we wrote about it so today is the day for Twitter #music.
Today, we’re releasing Twitter #music, a new service that will change the way people find music, based on Twitter. It uses Twitter activity, including Tweets and engagement, to detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists. It also brings artists’ music-related Twitter activity front and center: go to their profiles to see which music artists they follow and listen to songs by those artists. And, of course, you can tweet songs right from the app.
There are plenty of music discovery options in the marketplace but there is only one Twitter and the blend of these two make great sense. Right now it’s either for iOS as an app or a web version is available.
You can download Twitter #music from the App Store today, or enjoy the web version, which will be rolling out over the next few hours: music.twitter.com. Right now, the service is available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Over time, we will bring the service to Android as well as to more countries.
A quick look at the long list of artists featured in the ‘New music trending on Twitter’ page makes it look like I will be on the sidelines for most of this activity as the music ‘tastes’ certainly skew very young. Hey, not that there is anything wrong with that because at least for today a dollar is still a dollar no matter what one’s age is.
As for the sharing of music tweets that are likely to start coming? Much like Spotify updates on Facebook that might wear thin pretty quickly. Or, it might not. Let’s not guess about this will or will not do. Enough guessing was done on when it would be released. Maybe for once we can deal in some facts for a welcome change of pace.
So are you excited about Twitter #music? Why or why not?