Twitter is launching its own music service on Thursday with ties to iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio, and includes a native iPhone app. #music is like a music discovery tool that lets users preview songs via iTunes, and Spotify and Rdio users can use their accounts to listen to full tracks.
Twitter launches #music online music discovery service
#music users can search for music styles or artists, see what songs are popular, and follow the artists they like.
In a blog post introducing the new service, Twitter stated,
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.
Twitter also has a #music website to go along with the iPhone app, which makes sense considering the social networking service wants everyone to use the feature and not just iPhone owners.
The service is launching in the United States, Canada, the U.K., New Zealand, and Australia today, and will be coming to other countries soon.
#music is free, just like Twitter, and considering the social network's popularity, this could be an interesting addition to the online music game.