Twitter #Music App Launches for iPhone and Web


Posted on: April 18th, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

Twitter(NEW YORK) — You no longer have to be Ryan Seacrest, Ne-Yo or Jason Mraz to play with Twitter’s new music discovery app.  After testing the app with music artists and influencers, Twitter #Music will be available starting Thursday at https://music.twitter.com and as a separate app for the iPhone through the App Store.

The service helps you find music that’s popular on Twitter and music based on the bands you follow.  The app is centered around four pages, or tabs, which you can swipe through to access.

The Popular page shows you music that’s trending across Twitter, while the Emerging tab shows “hidden talent found in tweets.”  While those two parts feed you information about what the collective Twitterverse is jamming to, the last two focus on who you follow and your personal music taste.

The Suggested tab shows artists you might like based on the artists you follow on the service and who they follow.  And finally, the #NowPlaying tab shows songs your friends are listening to or tweeting about.

The iPhone app, which ABC’s Good Morning America got an exclusive early look at, has a slick and polished design.  All the pages have a grid made up of artists and songs; tap one of those and the song will start playing along with a spinning CD animation in the bottom left corner.  Tap on that and you get an enlarged CD — you can drag your finger around the CD to fast forward or rewind within that song.

Twitter also put artists and bands at the center of the experience.  You can go to artists’ Twitter profile pages within the app and see what artists they follow and listen to.

As Twitter says, it’s like getting recommendations from your friends, except they happen to be music superstars.  You can search for artists through the search field and play a selection of songs from them.

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