Twitter Music app launches, that suggest tracks based on data gleaned from users' accounts, including the accounts that they follow.
The news comes with music discovery service We Are Hunted confirmed that it had been acquired by Twitter.
The standalone music-discovery app is based on We Are Hunterd, allow users to listen to clips of music using third-party services like iTunes and Soundcloud, or watch music videos provided by Vevo.
The app includes "artists [that] are trending" similar to the Trends feature on Twitter. And, shows "up and coming artists." As well as it features four sections: "Suggested Music, a #NowPlaying that "tracks the hashtag among followers", Popular and Emerging."
Twitter can use the data they already have - following, #NowPlaying tweets, interactions with the artist - to suggest emerging artists.
Twitter Cards could play a large part in the implementation of the #music service. If a friend tweets a link to a song, it will open in a Card and you can sample that track.
Recommendations will be based on a number of different criteria, one of them the Twitter feeds you follow.
The URL https://music.twitter.com, takes you to a webpage which asks you to authorise access for an app called "Trending Music Web." Additionally, in the "Apps" section of Twitter settings page, a new application "Trending Music Web" is been added.
The application comes with the description: "the web version of the trending music app," implying that there is an app counterpart and has the ability to "read and write" on the account.
As you can see in the screenshot abobe, "Trending Music Web" is the application used by Twitter #music to broadcast what you're listening too, and it may even be the backend of the service.
The launch coincide with the massive Coachella Music Festival outside of Los Angeles, CA.
Ryan Seacrest of "American Idol" tweeted that he's playing around with it, and retweeted by Twitter's VP of Business and Corporate Development, Kevin Thau, confirms the news.
playing with @twitter's new music app (yes it's real!)...there's a serious dance party happening at idol right now-- Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) April 11, 2013
lovin the app...shows what artists are trending, also has up and coming artists... spinning u now @frankturner-- Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) April 11, 2013
Meanwhile, Twitter Trends today, launched in more than 160 new locations--that include "a number of countries that will be getting Trends for the first time as well as more than 130 new cities in countries that already have Trends," informs Twitter.
"Trends are an easy way to find out what people are talking about right now -- around the world, in your country, or in your city. By checking out Trends, you can easily find breaking news and current hot topics that are most relevant to you. To find these new locations, click "Change" in the Trends sidebar on twitter.com, and select the city or country you're most interested in."