New app allows users to share their favourite music tracks and artists with connected friends

Twitter unveils #Music service

The social-networking site has launched its new music app, which recommends new music tracks to users based on the people they follow.

Once a song is recommended to a user, they’re then able to listen to the track through third-party services such as Spotify and iTunes.

Additionally, the app displays what a user’s friends are listening to, as well as recommendations based on the artists they listen to.

The rollout follows the launch of Spotify’s similar follow system, which allows users to follow their friends in order to be notified of the tracks they are listening to.

However, the feature is yet to be made available on the service’s mobile platforms.

Twitter’s #Music app is expected to debut in Apple’s app store shortly, whilst there has yet to be any mention of its further release on the Android and Windows Phone platforms.

Despite initially launching in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, additional countries are to be added soon.

Following the announcement, Stephen Phillips of Twitter commented on the service within a post on the social-network’s official blog.

"It uses Twitter activity, including tweets and engagement, to detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists," said Phillips.

"It also brings artists’ music-related Twitter activity front and centre: go to their profiles to see who they follow and listen to songs by those artists."

Phillips highlighted that many of the social network’s users follow at least one musician, and encouraged the new service’s ability to bring musicians and fans together.

"This is why artists turn to Twitter first to connect with their fans — and why we wanted to find a way to surface songs people are tweeting about."

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