Philips said, “Today, we’re releasing Twitter #music, a new service that will 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.”
According to Philips the songs on Twitter #music will in the meanwhile come from iTunes, Spotify or Rdio.
“By default, you 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. We will continue to explore and add other music service providers,” he said.
Interestingly, one can listen to songs that have been tweeted by the artists and people they follow on Twitter by checking up the #NowPlaying hashtag on Twitter.
In his own words Philips said, “Or if you’re scrolling through a chart and you want to learn more about a band, like Churches, you 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. Or if you want to listen to music from the artists Wiz Khalifa follows, you can search for his name using the search icon in the top right corner. Then tap one of the artists you’re interested in and hit the play button to begin listening, or press play on the player to listen to all the artists.”
Users can also share new tracks they have discovered by simply tapping the spinning disc in the lower left corner so as the player opens allowing one to tweet directly from there. Twitter #music is available for downloads in the App Store or grab the web version at music.twitter.com.
Twitter #music is now available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand but it is coming to Android and in more countries shortly.