Twitter has launched a new service and has called it Twitter #music. The new service is only available for iPhones and only in the US, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, so if you’re not living in any of these countries, chances are you don’t know much about the service. In a nutshell, Twitter #music pulls off a list of songs that the people you follow are playing based on their tweets and shows the list in a beautiful way. You can listen to the song and even follow the artist right from the application itself, but you need to be signed in of course.
Digging into the app, we may find several things that do just a bit more than showing the lists. For instance, if you’re playing a song on the #music application, you can tweet from the application about your reviews or basically whatever you want to and it will be followed by the #NowPlaying tag and will include the name of the track and the artist. Also, based on the artists you follow, twitter will show you suggestions on which other artists you might like. You can follow them right from the app itself.
There’s also a Popular section that shows you the trending music or the music that’s being listened to most among the 200m twitter users. That way, you can get a hint of what’s coming up as the successor of Psy’s Gangnam Style. Another section is the Emerging section which is basically the songs that are on the rise among users. That’s a really nice way to find out songs of new artists and discover music.
It’s interesting to note that Twitter hasn’t designed the app themselves, they’ve bought a company called We Are Hunted and have used their expertise to make the Twitter #music service. Also, there’s an option to stream music from the app, which is kind of nice because you don’t have to go to any other application to hear what a certain song your favorite celebrity is listening to.
For now, there’s only the iPhone app. We know that in the smartphone market, Android is of as much importance as iPhones. They should have released an app for Android at the same time too in order to jump-start their service. And also, there’s a web version that’s available only in the countries I mentioned above. So, if I open the Twitter #music webpage from my computer that is in a country which is excluded from the list of countries the service is available in, all I’ll get it a Coming Soon page. That’s a huge bummer if you ask me.
Most of the people have the music they like stored in their iTunes library or on the cloud and that’s the kind of music they like. For instance, I follow a lot of artists that I listen to only 10 times a year. The suggestions based on them are bound to show up. I wouldn’t want that to happen. Instead, the app should scan my playlists or the songs on my SD card and show me the recommendations. Hope to see better functionality in the Twitter #music service.
Are you giving it a try?