Twitter has today launched its music app for the whole wide world to use. Twitter #Music can be accessed at music.twitter.com and there's a separate app for iPhone as well. It's based around discovering new music, of course, and seeing what music is popular on Twitter in real time. You can listen to music in Spotify or Rdio with the user interface, and buy music on iTunes as well. Play around with the new service and let us know your thoughts in the replies.
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 artistsí 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, 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.
The homepage only has previews of each song featured, and if you want to listen to the full song you have to choose your music service (ie: leave twitter to listen to it on spotify).
This sort of thing can only work for a tweet: someone posts something about the news/their life, then links to a news article/picture. Sure. That's the essence of twitter. But music? No thank you. I don't need to be on a page where twitter selects its 'top artists' and directs me to 30-second clips of these songs which can easily be heard on youtube or grooveshark in their entirety.
I plan on checking this out, but I don't have high hopes for it being useful. I'm actually shocked a music-based social network hasn't really taken off just yet. There's a few out there that I found to be fun (Spotify, LastFM) but they're all fairly limited in one way or another.