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Twitter rolls out app to link users with trending tunes

By Korea Herald

Published : April 21, 2013 - 15:22

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a capture from Twitter`s new music app a capture from Twitter`s new music app "Twitter #music"

The micro-blogging social network site Twitter launched a service Thursday that recommends songs to users based on the artists they follow and tunes that are trending on the social network.

The new service will change the way people find music,” Stephen Phillip, an official at Twitter, said in an official blog post.

The application “Twitter #music” is the social media company’s first step into the music industry which provides the users with an easy-to-navigate design consisting of four different tabs. 

The “Popular” tab detects the most popular tracks among people a user follows while the “emerging” tab features up-and-coming artists in a bid to reveal the “hidden talents found in the tweets.” The “suggested” recommends songs based on the artists the user is already following. The tab called “#NowPlaying” collects the music tweeted by a user’s friends as well as the user’s favorite artists.

The new app is free for iPhone users through the iTunes App Store and the Web version is available via The songs played on Twitter are culled from iTunes, Spotify and Rdio, of which users have to be a premium member (except iTunes) in order to listen to a full song.

Twitter #music is currently available in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand with more countries expected to be added. The company also aims to expand the services to users of Android devices.

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