Twitter has released a new iPhone app and service called Twitter #music – which offers ‘a fresh approach to finding new music by using Tweets and follows to power discovery’.
Here’s a little more background on the app, via Twitter’s blog:
Twitter and music go great together. People share and discover new songs and albums every day. Many of the most-followed accounts on Twitter are musicians, and half of all users follow at least one musician. This is why artists turn to Twitter first to connect with their fans — and why we wanted to find a way to surface songs people are tweeting about.
The songs on Twitter #music come from 3 sources for now – iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio, and Twitter says they’ll look to add more music service providers. When you tap on a song the default setup is for the iTunes preview to play – but if you’re a Spotify or Rdio subscriber you can opt to login to either of those and then hear full songs.
The app’s main sections are these:
Popular: the most popular tracks – which looks like it updates often.
Emerging: new music trending on Twitter.
Suggested: artists suggestions based on those you have followed.
Now Playing: songs tweeted by people you follow
There is not an iPad version of Twitter #music yet, but I’ve installed the iPhone app and of course it works just fine on the iPad – though it supports portrait mode only. An iPad version will be good to see and I imagine we will see one in the not-too-distant future – but for this sort of music-driven app the iPhone version is fine for now.
The app continues to play in the background and when the iPad is in sleep mode.
I’m always a big fan of music discovery apps – you can never find enough good music – and this new one from Twitter looks promising.
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.
Here’s an App Store link for Twitter #music; it’s a free app.