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Twitter launches #music track-discovery, charting service

updated 12:34 pm EDT, Thu April 18, 2013

Uses followed artists, tweets to suggest music, shows popular tracks

Twitter has launched its rumored music service today, revealing both a web app and one for iOS. Twitter #music uses posts on Twitter, artists followed and mentioned by users, to generate a playable list of tracks that are either highly talked about on the microblogging service, artists it believes are emerging, and tracks that individual users may enjoy listening to.

A short preview of tracks can be played through both versions of the app, sourced through iTunes, with subscribers of Rdio and Spotify able to listen to full tracks directly from their accounts. The track player gives options to buy the track through iTunes, as well as to compose a tweet about the song. Selecting an artist brings up more Twitter-based information about the person or group, with the chart updating to show other artists followed by them.

One chart uses the hashtag #NowPlaying to generate a list of tracks being listened to by people the user follows on Twitter, under the reasoning that there may be a sharing of musical tastes. Other sections, such as the Popular and Emerging charts, are generated without taking into account an individual user's tastes, instead covering the service as a whole.

Though the app is available to download through iTunes and is available to use in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, an Android version of the app is notably absent. The Twitter blog does state that an Android app is on the cards, as well as expanding the service to other countries.

The #music service is not the first attempt by a tech company to make music social. Apple previously ran its Ping service through iTunes itself, but it did not manage to survive past two years., a service that tracks music playback and suggests other users with similar tastes as well as a music discovery feature, is still in operation.

by MacNN Staff



  1. JackWebb

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 08-31-07

    Mostly useless

    Only interesting in so far as I can get perhaps a more democratic view of the popular junk pile than what billboard gives me. Pop-people can now flame me.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Mostly useless indeed

    While I think the "emerging" selection has some value, the "popular" section only reminds me how inane and stupid most people are when it comes to musical taste -- ie they haven't got any. I find it funny that the "emerging" section is just iTunes previews -- um, thanks guys but I think iTunes itself is already doing this.

    Also, the agreement to use the #music page more deeply requires that I (as an existing Twitter member) hand over the ability to "follow new people" and "post as me" to this service. NA GA HA PEN. Bad move that really leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

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