The plethora of Internet music services gains another entry as Twitter has officially opened Twitter #Music to the general public. Twitter actually launched the music site last week, but it was initially an invitation only affair. Now, with an announcement on talk show “Good Morning America,” Twitter is making the service available to everyone. iOS users can download an app from the Apple App Store, while others can access the website at music.twitter.com.
Twitter #Music monitors Twitter activity to build a list of the most popular songs and artists. The app comes with a “Suggested” tab for recommendations, a “Popular” tab to see what songs are tending on Twitter, and a “Profile” tab to see which artists another person follows. #NowPlaying shows the songs that have been tweeted by artists and by users that a person is following.
The service provides music from three sources: iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio. Users can listen to previews from iTunes through the service by default, while Spotify and Rdio subscribers can log in to hear full songs. By clicking a spinning disc image in the lower left corner of the app, users can also share songs with their Twitter followers.
Currently, the service is available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, though Twitter said that is working on bringing #Music to more countries and to the Android platform. The company also said it would continue to explore and add other music providers to the service.