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Old Apr 18, 2013, 08:58 AM   #1
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Twitter Launches New Music App for iOS and Web




Following rumors of a new music app for iOS from Twitter last month, the company today announced the public release of the new service. The app, which is available as a free App Store download and rolling out on the web, integrates a number of existing services to give users each access to their Rdio and Spotify subscriptions, as well as previews of iTunes Store content.
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The songs on Twitter #music currently come from three sources: iTunes, Spotify or Rdio. By default, you will hear previews from iTunes when exploring music in the app. Subscribers to Rdio and Spotify can log in to their accounts to enjoy full tracks that are available in those respective catalogs. We will continue to explore and add other music service providers.
Twitter #music is unsurprisingly based around existing Twitter services, taking advantage of Twitter trends to detect popular and emerging artists and songs and leveraging users' own follow lists and those of artists to recommend new music. ABC News has more on how the app works:
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The Popular page shows you new music that's trending across Twitter while the Emerging tab shows "hidden talent found in tweets." While those two parts feed you information about what the collective Twitterverse is jamming to, the last two focus on who you follow and your personal music taste.

The Suggested tab shows artists you might like based on the artists you follow on the service and who they follow. And finally the #NowPlaying tab shows songs your friends are listening to or tweeting about. For instance, if your friend tweets that they are listening to a song by Justin Bieber, that song will show up on that page.
Twitter #music is available now in the App Store with support for users in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. [Direct Link]

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Old Apr 18, 2013, 09:02 AM   #2
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Glad to see Twitter expanding into new projects. This should be very interesting, as a Spotify subscriber.
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Old Apr 18, 2013, 09:02 AM   #3
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Why mention JB in the article, why?!
OT: I haven't touched Twitter once yet.
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Old Apr 18, 2013, 09:04 AM   #4
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Even though it's designed to route out the hidden gems out there, we all know it'll be hijacked by the Beliebers and other such whiny 'mainstream' dross, just like Twitter itself.
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Old Apr 18, 2013, 09:08 AM   #5
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I'm intrigued.

Music discovery apps are a dime a dozen, but none of them "work". I haven't found any that help me find music I like with any reliability -- if this is a way to unite those services rather than create another one, then I'm on board. If not, it'll likely just go into the bin next to a half dozen other services.

The fact that they're integrating other services like Spotify is a start, but hopefully more to come.
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Old Apr 18, 2013, 09:10 AM   #6
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Even though it's designed to route out the hidden gems out there, we all know it'll be hijacked by the Beliebers and other such whiny 'mainstream' dross, just like Twitter itself.
I find Twitter incredibly useful. I don't follow anything/anyone associated with people like Bieber so I don't need to read about annoying pop stars.
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Must be getting hit pretty hard. It won't let me log on to my spotify account to listen to tracks on the web version.
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Old Apr 18, 2013, 09:12 AM   #8
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so, it's an app that pulls music from other services?

I guess it can replace 2 apps with 1?
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Must be getting hit pretty hard. It won't let me log on to my spotify account to listen to tracks on the web version.
Yeah I'm getting a hang up on the call back when I try to log in as well.

Edit: Finally managed to sign in.

Edit 2: Spotify is throwing me an unknown error when signing in now... #EA launch xD
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Why mention JB in the article, why?!
Why mention that a quote in the article mentions JB, why?!

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I highly recommend touching Twitter. It can be quite useful, informative, and entertaining.
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Hm. I essentially use twitter as a messaging service between my iOS world and my friends Android world.

Out of everybody I tried following, Patton Oswalt is the only person I don't personally know still on my twitter feed.

Rummaging around through tons of people trying to sell me stuff? I guess I don't understand how people have this much free time, or why they'd want to spend it like this.
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I find iTunes almost impossible to use as a "discovery" tool, so I'm looking forward to trying out this alternative.
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I highly recommend touching Twitter. It can be quite useful, informative, and entertaining.
So is Facebook.
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Hm. I essentially use twitter as a messaging service between my iOS world and my friends Android world.

Out of everybody I tried following, Patton Oswalt is the only person I don't personally know still on my twitter feed.

Rummaging around through tons of people trying to sell me stuff? I guess I don't understand how people have this much free time, or why they'd want to spend it like this.
The trick to keeping Twitter relevant if you follow a lot of people is to make use of lists. Every time you add someone categorize them properly into a new list (essentially a feed). I have a news/music/close friends list, all separate feeds I regular and find very useful. No rummaging required.
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Old Apr 18, 2013, 09:50 AM   #15
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I guess I'm not "getting it." It appears to be nothing more than an iOS version of Apple's PING service.
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Old Apr 18, 2013, 09:57 AM   #16
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This is really what ping was supposed to be. Twitter has a nice polished UX here.
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Old Apr 18, 2013, 10:00 AM   #17
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Best two services for me to discover more music I like: Songza and Pandora (and Spotify Radio). Will try this one out though, can't have enough of (good) apps to find new music.
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Old Apr 18, 2013, 10:01 AM   #18
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good luck twitter! really interesting to see apple got so many frenemies.
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so, it's an app that pulls music from other services?

I guess it can replace 2 apps with 1?
Sounds about right, but it has a much better data set for determining what is new and trending and such.
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looks good, nice app design
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does it play the songs in the app or open the spotify app?
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I was just about to ditch Rdio. This will make me hang onto it a bit longer!
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The trick to keeping Twitter relevant if you follow a lot of people is to make use of lists. Every time you add someone categorize them properly into a new list (essentially a feed). I have a news/music/close friends list, all separate feeds I regular and find very useful. No rummaging required.
Very good tip. Thanks for sharing! Going to give this a try as well as the new Twitter music app and see how it goes.
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Old Apr 18, 2013, 10:47 AM   #25
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what an enormous disappointment.
this will never catch fire.
the ui is putrid the trending music is psy, bieber, taylor swift and the likes
i expected atleast something mediocre from twitter
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