We’ve been hearing whisperings for some time of Twitter’s desire to bring us a new music service. The day has arrived: Twitter #Music is here – at least it will be, later today. Unlike Spotify, or any other streaming app, it doesn’t host the music itself. Instead it uses trends on twitter and analyzes the artists and music you listen to to suggest tunes to play in full via Rdio and Spotify. It also links to iTunes and enables you to make use of iTunes’ preview service. It’s essentially Ping.
From the Twitter blog:
Today, 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. It also brings artists’ music-related Twitter activity front and center: 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.
The service will be going live in US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand today, and it comes with a bespoke app. Keep checking music.Twitter.com for when it goes live. It shouldn’t be long.
[UPDATE: Told you it wouldn't be long. Download the Twitter #Music app for iPhone here.]