Social media site Twitter is releasing its very own new “#music” service Thursday, which aims to change the way people discover new tunes. A Twitter blog post titled, “Now playing: Twitter #music” says the app uses Tweets and hashtags to detect and show you the most popular songs or emerging artists.
Users can go directly to a Twitter profile and see what artists that person follows then listen to songs by those musicians. Basically, it takes looking at your friend’s “Music” likes section on Facebook to a new level by actually integrating the ability to listen on the spot when you see something new.
Of course, it’s also possible to Tweet songs directly from the app on your own individual account. The songs on Twitter Music currently come from iTunes, Spotify or Rdio.
In the app, clicking on #NowPlaying will give you the ability to listen to the songs that have been Tweeted by artists and people you follow on Twitter. If you want to learn more about a band, the app can give you the group’s top song, their profile and you can start following them on Twitter.
But maybe you’d rather listen to the songs your own favorite musician is already listening to. That’s possible too with Twitter Music.
The launch of Twitter Music makes sense after news last week that Twitter had acquired We Are Hunted, the company that had been developing #music. On the Twitter blog, Stephen Phillips, founder of We Are Hunted, had this to say about the new app:
“Many of the most-followed accounts on Twitter are musicians, and half of all users follow at least one musician. This is why artists turn to Twitter first to connect with their fans — and why we wanted to find a way to surface songs people are tweeting about.”
Kelsey Fowler is currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.