Today Twitter has launched its #music application following weeks of speculation. The service offers song recommendations based on the accounts that the user is following, and lets them stream tracks in-app through platforms such as Rdio, Spotify and iTunes.
Users will also be served track recommendations directly from artists and can share music with their friends, as well as see what they have been listening to.
“Today, we’re releasing Twitter #music, a new service that will change the way people find music, based on Twitter,” said the microblogging firm in a statement. “It uses Twitter activity, including Tweets and engagement, to detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists.
“It also brings artists’ music-related Twitter activity front and centre: go to their profiles to see which music artists they follow and listen to songs by those artists. And, of course, you can tweet songs right from the app.”
Speculation about the service hit critical mass last week when Twitter announced that it had acquired music discovery service We Are Hunted.
Twitter #music is available for iOS devices via the App Store and as a web-based service. Native apps for Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices are yet to be announced.