Twitter teams up with iTunes, Rdio and Spotify for #music launch

Twitter music

Twitter has released its much-anticipated music sampling and discovery service, working in conjunction with Apple, Spotify and Rdio.

"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," says Stephen Philips, founder of the recent Twitter acquisition We Are Hunted in a blog post.

"It also brings artists' music-related Twitter activity front and centre: 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."

Twitter Music, or #music, adds features like track previews to tweets, and a much more social side to artists and bands. There is an iOS app and a web based version, At the time of writing, that online option is still "coming soon."

Users will by default hear previews from iTunes when exploring music in the app, while subscribers to Rdio and Spotify premium services can log in to listen to full tracks (if available). Twitter says it’s seeking deals with other music providers.

Twitter Music is available in countries including the UK and US. While the app is presently available only at the Apple App store, an Android version is promised.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.