Reports had been circulating for quite a while that Twitter was working on a music service, and yesterday the company finally launched Twitter #Music. The social network has created a standalone iOS app that aims to help users discover new music through recommendations, as well as checking out what’s popular across the globe. It may be a discovery service, but it’s a pretty good one.
By default, Twitter #Music hooks into iTunes to stream song previews, but anyone with an Rdio or Spotify account can grant access to the app to enable full song streaming. When you fire up the app, you’ll see four tabs: Popular, Emerging, Suggested, and #NowPlaying. The Now Playing tab is where you’ll want to head to see what artists and bands people in your timeline are tweeting about, while Popular pulls down a global list of what’s hot across all of Twitter.
Emerging, meanwhile, looks like an attempt to highlight lesser known or obscure bands that are being tweeting about, while Suggested naturally serves up some music recommendations based on your tweets and who you follow. The design of the app is fairly simple, but it’s effective.
Naturally, Twitter has added some sharing and following options to keep things social. Any artists or bands can be followed on Twitter right from the #Music app, and anything you’re listening to can be tweeted without leaving the client. Twitter #Music is available for iOS on the App Store right now, but there’s no app for Android just yet. If you don’t use iOS, you can still try out Twitter #Music using the web interface.