Twitter Unveils New Music Service

artist: misc date: 04/19/2013 category: industry news
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Twitter Unveils New Music Service
Twitter has officially launched its new Twitter Music app as a website and iOS app. The app is available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It will be available in other regions at a later date. Songs are sourced from the streaming services Spotify and Rdio, but not Soundcloud, iTunes, YouTube or Vevo as leaked by an independent developer this week, but they could be set for inclusion at a later date. As expected, the Twitter Music app offers several music feeds: a "Suggested" page to highlight new music tips, a "Popular" page to chart the most streamed songs on the whole platform, an "Emerging" page to promote fast-rising new artists and a #nowplaying page to tap into what other Twitter users are listening to at any moment. There is also a "Me" stream which plays tracks by musicians that you already follow on Twitter. Songs appear on a simple grid layout which plays a sample of each song, but will only play full tracks when you sign in to Spotify or Rdio. There is an option to purchase songs on iTunes or to tweet about the song with a "Now Playing" tag. Head over to music.twitter.com or search "Twitter Music" on your iPhone to test the app for yourself, if you have a Twitter account. What are your first impressions? Will Twitter Music help you discover new artists, and how would you improve it? Let us know in the comments.
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