Twitter unveils its new #Music app for the Web and iOS, integrates with Rdio, Spotify and iTunes

Twitter is launching its own music service today both on the Web and as a native iOS app, after a dedicated webpage was spotted online last week with a #music hashtag graphic and dedicated sign-in button.
The service will be going live later today, although it may take a little longer to roll out globally.
An article by Joanna Stern at ABC News says the app will be centered around four tabs; popular, emerging, suggested and #nowplaying. The popular section tracks the top-trending music being listened to and talked about on Twitter, while the emerging section is focused on helping users discover new and unsigned talent.
The impending launch follows a piece by AllThingsD, which suggested last week that a standalone app would be launched to give users a list of suggested artists and tracks based on ‘personalized signals’, including the specific accounts that they follow on Twitter.
The report predicted that Twitter wouldn’t be launching a streaming service, but instead connect users with third-party services such as iTunes and SoundCloud. Music videos provided by Vevo, the joint venture run by Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Abu Dhabi Media, was also a possibility.
The interest in the service escalated after it was confirmed that Twitter had acquired We Are Hunted, a popular website and Spotify app that provided users with a stream of music based on the top tracks endorsed by reputable blogs.
A statement published on the We Are Hunted website said the team would “continue to create services that will delight you” as part of the Twitter team. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, per se, the folks at We Are Hunted have almost certainly been working on the new Music app being launched later today.

By Nick Summers

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