Twitter launches #music service

AFP-JIJI

Twitter on Thursday waded into the competitive digital music sector with a service that recommends tunes based on what folks are tweeting about and lets users sample songs they might like.

The San Francisco-based firm said Twitter #music will “change the way people find music” by using activity on the popular microblogging site to “detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists.”

Twitter users can get 30-second samples of songs from iTunes, Spotify or Rdio music services, but the default provider is Apple’s online iTunes shop.

Twitter #music applications for Internet web browsers and Apple mobile devices, meanwhile, let users see what songs are hot and get recommendations based on their tastes, according to Rdio.

Another version of the application is being created for mobile devices powered by Google-backed Android software, according to Twitter.

The service was rolled out on Twitter in Canada, Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the United States and is slated to expand to more countries.