Twitter Launches #Music Service

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Twitter has released a new music-focused app that recommends tracks to users based on who they follow on the social network.

The app displays the songs friends and followers are currently listening to as well as offering suggestions from artists themselves.

A #NowPlaying screen will show Twitter users all the songs being tweeted by the accounts they follow and offer the option of listening along.

Tracks can be played directly from within the app through iTunes, Spotify and Rdio, although iTunes will only play previews of songs as default, whereas premium subscribers of Spotify and Rdio can listen to full tracks.

Launched yesterday and accessible via the #Music site as well as in iOS app form, the service will initially only be available in US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, with more countries expected to be added to the list in the near future.

Twitter’s Stephen Philips said of the service in a blog post on the company’s official website: ”Twitter and music go great together. People share and discover new songs and albums every day,

“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.”

At present #Music is not available as a Windows Phone or Android app, although it’s likely that Twitter will look to roll out versions for the platforms in due course as it attempts to emulate other social networks such as Facebook in incorporating music recommendations into its service.

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