After quite a bit of speculation, Twitter has taken its music service live on iOS and the web. Basically it is a recommendation engine which crunches data about the music that is trending on the social network. Besides that, Twitter Music also doubles a music app and play full length songs if you have a Rdio or Spotify account. Sadly, these services are not available in India so we cannot take full advantage of Twitter Music.
The service has launched on iOS and also the web. You can thus check it out on the web in case you are on other mobile platforms. I could only see results in the Now Playing category whereas the other categories did not pull up any data. This may probably have to do something with the server load. There is no mention of the Android, Blackberry 10 and Windows Phone version of this app.
Here are some screenshots of the iOS and web app.
As you can see from the pics, it seems to be a decent looking app with some cool features. The app has 4 categories – Popular, Emerging, Suggested and Now Playing. Besides the suggestions, the app will also give out information about the Twitter profiles of bands and artists thus a giving fans a chance to engage with the artist directly. The first two categories, Popular and Emerging feature music based on data culled from the whole of Twitter and the next two categories will be based on data that comes from the people you follow. This is pretty powerful as this gives both listeners and artists a powerful way to discover and distribute music respectively.
Since data for the first two categories will be based on listener data all over Twitter, it is fair to say that most of the music in this section will have a particular bias towards US/UK and other such countries where there are many active Twitterers. However, Twitter could introduce something as similar as trending topics by taking the first two categories to the country/continental level. This will help more people discover relevant regional music.
Check it out and let us know if you can access it.
Source | Twitter