Twitter announced today that it will release a new music service, simply titled Twitter #music. A blog entry states it will use “Twitter activity, including Tweets and engagement, to detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists.” The app was rumored to launch last weekend during Coachella, but it hasn’t surfaced until today.
Twitter #music pulls tunes from from your feed itself, most simply with a menu titled #nowplaying, which automatically plays the songs tweeted by the people you follow. The app draws these songs from three sources: iTunes, Spotify and Rdio. iTunes will show previews by default for songs, but Rdio and Spotify subscribers get to hear the whole tracks that Twitter #music pulls. The release also states other music subscription services are expected to be added in the future.
You can read the full press release by Twitter, and here’s a link to download the app in iTunes (although we’ve had no luck launching it after download so far).