Twitter App to Bring Music Streaming for iOS Users
The popular social media service, Twitter, seems to be continuing its effort to expand its offerings. As of right now, it seems to be bringing a new app to Apple’s iOS platform that allows users to play and share songs.
The music streaming option is reportedly said to rely on music from SoundCloud, a Berlin-based audio-sharing service. Bloomberg
reports, citing sources familiar with the matter, SoundCloud will allow artists and labels to share music in a format that lets users make comments on the track. It doesn’t seem like Twitter has made any overtures toward the major record labels, as Bloomberg
says that label executives only learned of Twitter’s plans on Thursday. Whether or not Twitter would need separate licensing agreements with the labels is questionable, since the music would be streaming through SoundCloud.
News of the forthcoming music streaming app broke alongside a report from CNET
that the company had also bought music discovery service, We Are Hunted, sometime last year. The service creates a Billboard-like chart for music, keeping viewers up to date on the most popular songs across blogs, social media, message boards, and BitTorrent.
The possibility of a music streaming and discovery app would likely help Twitter set itself apart from competition such as Facebook and its Instagram service. The company’s previous attempt to do this was in January with the launch of Vine, a short video sharing app also targeting Apple’s iOS platform. We’ll have to wait and see how the service turns out once it is released.