Twitter #Music is designed to help users find and share tracks from top artists. For now, however, the app is only available on the Web and iOS devices.
Thursday is launch day for Twitter #Music, the new and much-hyped music discovery service. Haven't been following the #Music story? Here's the 30-second primer: The platform tracks the Twitter activity of a range of acts, and highlights trending bands, singers, and rappers on its tiled homepage. In addition, you can search for "emerging" artists or have Twitter recommend an act, based on the artists you already follow.
Click on one of the tiles, and a short MP3 will play; if you've got a Spotify or Rdio account, you can listen to the whole song.
"Twitter and music go great together. People share and discover new songs and albums every day," Stephen Philips of Twitter wrote on the Twitter blog. "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."
So how does the software hold up? Well, over at 9to5Mac, Zac Hall speculates that the #Music app could end up being a "much more developed and useful version" of Ping, the Apple discovery service that was officially closed last September.