Word of a standalone music service out of Twitter has been floating around for a week or so, but today the company took to the Good Morning America show to officially announce the service, comprised of both a web platform and an iOS app.
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Twitter Music, as it were, is the brainchild of We Are Hunted, a startup quietly acquired by Twitter just last year. The app pulls in music from Rdio, Spotify and iTunes, while using data from your Twitter follower graph to deliver the best possible music for you.
If you have an Rdio or Spotify account, you can sign into them within the app and stream full tracks for your listening pleasure. If not, you’ll still have access to an iTunes preview to discover great new music.
What’s interesting is that Twitter is aiming straight for the mainstream with this launch, as opposed to targeting its usual early-adopter crowd. GMA reaches a huge audience every morning, and Rdio and Spotify have some of the biggest followings in the music streaming world.
By pulling in their offerings, not only does Twitter get a mainstream launch for its new mainstream media (music discovery) app, but Spotify and Rdio get to expand their audiences within the Twitter ecosystem.
Twitter Music seems to feel like a lot of other music apps while still being slightly unique from all of them. It’s broken down into four tabs: Suggested, #NowPlaying, Popular, and Emerging. The latter two simply pull in info from We Are Hunted’s platform to determine what’s trending and display up-and-coming artists.
Suggested and #NowPlaying are more interesting. Suggested recommends songs and artists by pulling in Twitter follower data. This includes musical artists that you follow on the service (or on Twitter), as well as artists that the people you follow are following. It’s meta, but you get it. #NowPlaying plays music in that is tweeted out by people you follow using the #NowPlaying hashtag.
It’s unclear if Twitter Music is special enough to pull millions of users away from Pandora, Spotify, Facebook’s Music offering, as well as smaller services like Songza, Piki, etc. But music is a focal point of the social network. Some of the most prominent users of the service are musical artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, which is part of what attracts such a young, hip demographic to Twitter.
It also helps to have over 2.5 million followers on the Twitter Music account.
If you’ve been paying attention to Twitter lately, this story should sound slightly familiar. The social network in January launched Vine, a standalone iOS app that lets users create six-second looping videos to share on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine itself.
That app, too, came out of a hushed acquisition, and has since launched to much fan-fare, rising to the number one position in social on the App Store. Vine has also seen success with brands who are chomping at the bit to leverage the platform’s range of dynamic user-generated content. The makers of the Battlefield 3 game took to Vine to tease the title, Wolverine pulled off the very first six-second professional trailer, and the Tribeca Film Festival has even joined in to create a full-fledged Vine competition.
This, along with Twitter Music, shows Twitter’s clear path toward becoming a media company. There have even been rumors that Twitter is in talks with Viacom and NBCUniversal for potential ad and content deals.
Today, however, it’s all about the Music.
The app is rolling out today across the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and you can sign up via web now at http://music.twitter.com.
The new patent would see iTunes storing top recommended songs to your phone, tablet or computer, but keeping them locked until you click ‘buy’.
To buy the songs, you’d need to have pre-paid credit on your account – if not, iTunes will tell you “Insufficient credit – please connect to the internet to purchase this song”.
Another way to take your money
The number of songs stored on your device ready in case you feel like buying them will depend on both the amount of credits you have pre-paid for, and the amount of space you have available on your gadget.
Obviously you’d need an internet connection to your device at some point – be it a phone, tablet or computer – but you could feasibly buy new music when you’re on a plane or underground.
We sort of remember a time when not needing an internet connection to buy music was the norm.
We think there might have been some kind of street in the middle of every town where you could go into a specific building and swap money for music without any kind of access to the information superhighway, but it’s a bit hazy.
Who knows when – or if – Apple’s latest invention will make it to our iTunes accounts – could it be a feature of the supposed iRadio streaming service that’s supposedly set to launch soon?
If so, memo to Apple: we’d like to see the songs iTunes chooses to offline for you be based on your listening habits rather than being just generic chart-fodder as the images seem to show.
Still, it’ll be good to know that if there’s a nuclear winter and the internet goes down forever, you need never be without The Fray’s chart-bothering You Found Me or the latest heartbroken missive from Taylor Swift.
Will Kanye have a rebuttal?
Jay Monaco & Ray Ray Intl are taking music drops to another level. A drop to Me Muzik Australia’s “Unsigned Talent Showcase” takes the cake…literally and it seems to has gone viral…
Also check out Globe Trotta Producers / Artist Jay Monaco & Ray Ray Intl and their joint with LIL JON “Magical Girl” FREE remix by my man DJ MR T from Greece!
Jeff Lewis and his production company have filed suit against his longtime assistant Jenni Pulos alleging that she is in violation of confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements signed in 2008 and again in 2010. Lewis, who is a producer of the Bravo series Flipping Out, claims in the suit (read it here) that it came to his attention that Pulos has written or is writing a book about her confidential experiences as his personal and executive assistant. The suit says the book initially was titled Hang In There, Baby: What One Of The World’s Most Difficult Bosses Taught Me About life, Work And Love. Lewis says in the suit that Pulos told him the book was not about him and the title has been shortened to Hang In There, Baby. The suit also says Lewis requested a copy of the manuscript but Pulos told him her agents advised against providing one. On Amazon.com, the book Hang In There, Baby by Jenni Pulos and Laura Morton is listed as scheduled to be released August 20, 2013. In addition to damages and court costs, Lewis seeks “a preliminary and permanent injunction” against Pulos or any of her representatives from “publishing any and all facts and/or references to events … related in any manner to personal, private, proprietary and confidential information” she became aware of during her employment.
Check out Jenni’s track Produced by Jay Monaco & Ray Ray Intl from Globe Trotta Records here on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/magical-girl-feat.-lil-jon/id462370620
Also download a fun free eCollectible of the song here http://www.globetrottarecords.com/?latest-news=second-news
Lil Wayne is assuring fans that he’s doing well after suffering from two seizures in as many days.
The rapper tweeted, “Thanx for all the prayers! I am good.”
Wayne reportedly had to make an emergency landing in Texas after he suffered from a seizure during the flight. The next day, Wayne’s plane had to make another emergency landing, this time in his home state of Louisiana.
Weezy has reportedly been laying low with friends and family at his mom’s house, and apparently he’s been positive about the whole ordeal. It’s still not clear how this will affect Wayne’s lawsuit against Quincy Jones III, since he may not be able to testify for quite some time.
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Fredro Starr of Onyx takes aim at DMX in a new video freestyle.
It looks like DMX has a new verbal sparring partner in Onyx alum Fredro Starr. The South Jamaica, Queens emcee took to YouTube today to release a new video freestyle in which he puts X on blast.
In the 16th episode of his “16 Bars with Firestarr” Fredro took aim at his former “Shut ‘Em Down” partner in a recent freestyle. Although details are fuzzy as to why the two emcees are feuding, Fredro indicates that his harsh words are in response to an apparent attack from the Ruff Ryder rapper.
“This nigga X talking shit right, if he ever try it again/He be a front of the firing pen/If his crew front, there be a lot of dying men/At the funeral, family and crying friends,” he raps. “Let’s get back to the money, we go together like tire and rims/You wanna ball? We can go as high as the rim/So much weed smoke, time to call the firemen.”
Check out the full video below.
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