Through the years, Twitter has helped you discover and share breaking news, stunning photos, hilarious videos, inspirational quotes, interesting articles, and the ponderings of your favorite celebrities. But now Twitter can help you discover, share and music.
What Is Twitter Music
Twitter Music is a new service designed to help you discover music that’s hot, new and interesting to you. Twitter is harnessing the power of its platform to help you learn about new music and find out what others are listening to.
Twitter Music goes beyond music discovery. The service lets you listen to and share the music you discover right from the service.
How Twitter Music Works
You can access Twitter Music through the Twitter Music website on your computer or the free Twitter Music app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The service is available in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, with expansion to more countries and Android devices planned for the future.
Twitter #Music allows you to discover music in four different ways:
- #nowplaying — songs people you follow have recently tweeted with the #nowplaying hashtag;
- Popular — the 140 top trending songs on Twitter;
- Emerging — 140 hidden talents on Twitter to help you discover new artists;
- Suggested — songs you might like based upon artists you follow and songs shared by people you follow.
Songs are displayed in a grid and you play them using iTunes or Internet radio services Spotify or Rdio. If you have a Premium Spotify account or an account with Rdio, you can play the full songs by clicking on Play Full Full Tracks and logging into your account.
If you don’t have either a Spotify Premium or Rdio account, then Twitter #Music will play a 30 second sample of the song from iTunes. If you like the song, you can buy it from iTunes through a link in Twitter Music.
The service is intuitive and easy to use, both on the website and the app. The controls are minimal, pause or play, and a volume slider in the app. You can swipe on the app to move to the next or previous song or you can manually pick a song on the Twitter Music website, but there is no Shuffle or playlist option. You can turn Explicit songs on or off in Settings.
Sharing is Caring
As you’re listening to a song, you can tweet the song to your followers directly from the service. In the app, press the circle at the bottom of the screen to share your song in a tweet with the hashtag #nowplaying. On your computer, click on the write icon to compose and send your tweet.
Follow the Artist
When you find a song you like on Twitter Music, you can view the Twitter profile of the artist and follow them on Twitter directly from the service. You can also play a selection of music from that artist and see what other artists that artist is following.
The Latest and Greatest
You can stay ultra-current with music trends using this service.
Interestingly, when I checked the most Popular songs on the Twitter Music website they were not in the same order as on the Twitter Music app I checked a few seconds later.
Good news if you own the Pebble Watch. You can control the Twitter Music app from your Pebble watch.
Your enjoyment of Twitter Music will probably heavily depend upon whether you have a Spotify Premium or a Rdio account. Both cost $9.95/month in the US and will give you unlimited ad-free streaming of music on your computer and mobile devices.
(See, The Wonder of Tech review of Spotify by Jens Berget: The 10 Real Reasons Why I Love Spotify)
If you don’t have either one of these accounts, you’re treated to a mere taste of these songs with 30-second samples from iTunes. Listening to the first 30 seconds of a song quickly becomes more annoying than entertaining, making you yearn to hear the entire songs. Perhaps that’s the idea?
Listening to a sample of a song you already own through iTunes instead of the full track can be frustrating. A welcome update to the service would allow you to sign in with iTunes and play entire tracks of songs you already own.
But all is not lost if you don’t have a Spotify Premium or Rdio account — you can get a free trial. Head to the Spotify website to get a 48-hour trial of Spotify Premium or to Rdio for a 14 day free trial account.
Even without an account at either of those services, Twitter Music still has value. You can see what music is trending, discover new artists, see what people you follow are listening to and easily follow your favorite artists. Listening to a sample of a new song on iTunes may give you an idea of whether you think it’s download-worthy.
Check out Twitter #Music to help you discover, share and play music. If you really enjoy the service, you will be tempted to get a Spotify Premium or Rdio account. Even if you don’t have these accounts, you can still have fun with Twitter Music.
Are you excited about Twitter Music? Do you enjoy discovering new music? Do you have a Spotify Premium or Rdio account? Let us know in the Comments section below!