By Jacob Wittich
AFTER BEING THE EXCLUSIVE PLAYTHING OF CELEBRITIES like Ryan Seacrest, Blake Shelton and Ne-Yo, Twitter’s new music streaming app is now delivering music to the masses.
Twitter #Music is an interactive music streaming app that helps users to discover new songs and artists based on what their followers are listening to. The Guardian calls it “an impressive app: easy to use” that reveals as much about the social network’s ambitions as it does new music. Mashable anoints it a “discovery powerhouse for Your iPhone.”
Thanks to the app, in addition to being able to update your followers on when you’re showering, eating, sleeping and peeing, you’ll now be able to tell them what music you’re listening to as you go about your ‘bizness.’
Twitter #Music is organized into four tabs for streaming music: Popular, Emerging, Suggested, and #NowPlaying.
The “Popular” tab is reminiscent of Twitter’s feature to list out trending topics of the Twitterverse. In the same manner that trending topics help users to identify which words or key phrases are most popular, the “Popular” music tab allows users to listen to songs that are being tweeted the most.
“Emerging” displays up-and-coming artists, claiming them to be “hidden talent found in the Tweets.”
The “Suggested” page lists artists that Twitter thinks you might like, based on the actual artists that you follow on Twitter.
Finally, the “#NowPlaying” tab displays music that your friends and followers on Twitter are tweeting about. By listening to the songs on the #NowPlaying page, you’ll be able to see which people you follow on Twitter posted about that song and when they did so.
Another cool feature of the app is that it gives you the ability to see which artist your favorite artists are following. Ever wonder if your favorite pop stars listen to each other’s music? Just give their “artists following” page a look and you might find a few hints.
Jacob Wittich is pop music fanatic majoring in journalism at Columbia College Chicago. Follow him @JacobWittich on Twitter.