Popular microblogging network Twitter has launched Twitter #music, a new service that aims to 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.
The songs on Twitter #music currently come from three sources: iTunes, Spotify or Rdio. By default, users 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. The company said that it will continue to explore and add other music service providers.
Users can navigate to #NowPlaying to view and listen to songs that have been tweeted by the artists and people they follow on Twitter.
While scrolling through a chart if users want to learn more about a band, they can can tap their avatar to see their top song, follow them right from the chart, or tap their Twitter username to go to their profile. Users can search for artists using the search icon in the top right corner. They can tap one of the artists they’re interested in and hit the play button to begin listening, or press play on the player to listen to all the artists.
To share music with followers, users can simply tap the spinning disc in the lower left corner. This opens the player, and users can tweet from there using the Tweet icon in the top right corner.
Users can enjoy the twitter #music web version or download it from the App Store. Currently the service is available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Over time, the company plans to bring the service to Android as well as to more countries.