Last week it was mentioned that Twitter might explore the possibilities of a music service. It has been confirmed that Twitter has dived into streaming media with their new #Music service—predictable name, of course. #Music suggests tunes based on your friends on Twitter as well as people you follow. It also suggests music based on whatever you are listening as well as what is trending globally.
#Music isn’t merged with the browser and mobile version of Twitter so you’ll need to get to through its own site at music.twitter.com. You can also download the app for #Music on iOS. While an Android and Windows Phone version of #Music hasn’t been announced, it’s expected just to have all bases covered.
The inclusion of #Music can be seen as another step towards Twitter really kicking off its own system of apps for users. Twitter already launched Vine, which is a video sharing app that shows videos—or more so clips—in a brief manner similar to Twitter’s widely accepted status update approach. #Music allows for tunes to be sampled in iTune-like previews of 30 seconds. When you subscribe to a service such as Spotify or Rdio , you’ll be able to listen to full songs via the app or your browser of choice. Twitter has stated that more music services will be supported by #Music in the future.
Again, this is a good step towards Twitter being a one stop shop for social media. While you’ll only get samples—which you could get elsewhere—#Music could possibly open the doors to find new musicians without going too far from Twitter. Think of it as MySpace in this particular decade and far briefer.
Do you plan on using the #Music service? Do you see an actual use for it or longevity in the service?