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Early yesterday and after a week of teasing, Twitter finally launched the #Music app. This app allows users to stream and discover new music via your Twitter account. This app is different than others like Spotify or Youtube because the search tool uses trending topics and data across Twitter to make recommendations for listeners. The artists you follow, retweet or tweet at are all included in the selection algorithm. Followers can also offer up recommendations to you through their own Spotify, iTunes and Rdio accounts.
As of now, the app only exists for iPhone users, but will be available for Androids shortly. Although is not an app yet for Droid users yet, have no fear because everyone can access the website component at music.twitter.com.
The app is set up to be similar to the Music application on iPods. There are four different tabs within the app: Suggested, Popular, Emerging and Now Playing. Both Now Playing and Suggested are based on your own personal data retrieved from Twitter; Popular and Emerging are calculated by the site-wide trending information. Thanks to this app, you are able to see who of your followers have “good taste” in music.
Twitter is looking to partner with more than three companies and it looks like fans are interested in a collaboration between #Music and Last.fm. In addition to simply playing an artist’s music, there will also be promoted artist profiles and links to other artists that they follow. Links from your favorite bands will have share options to spread the word to your followers about their music.
Regardless of whether or not you follow people on Twitter for their music tastes, an artist or band is bound to pop up that you have never heard of and enjoy listening to.