Twitter’s new music app for iOS, aptly named #music, is pretty cool. I don’t see myself using it very often but I do see it as a companion piece for music lovers actively on Twitter. You log into your Twitter account and find music that is most popular and some from artists emerging. That’s essentially the app in a nutshell. Well, not quite.
From the interface, the app is smooth and very easy to navigate through. You scroll down through tiles of artists’ Twitter icons, which are ranked by most popular on the social networking platform. You find an artist you enjoy listening to you click on the icon and you’re given the choice to play their music or view their profile. When you click to play a song, you’re only given a 30-second snippet from the iTunes store, from which you could buy.
If you’re into finding new artists then this is also an app you would want to download. Just like with most popular, #music sorts through music and artists tweeted by users. These artists aren’t receiving as many tweets as, say Macklemore, but #music is filtering them through to you. It’s a digital version of going to the record store and finding a new artist. For this reason alone I could see myself using the app but it’s not strong enough to sway me into tapping into the app every once in a while and find new artists. I have other methods in doing so, so #music isn’t the app for me.
You can access the two aforementioned features without logging in to Twitter, and that’s fine, but once you do there is a whole new side to the app. You can see whom your followers are listening to and you can sort through the artists you’re following. You can follow new artists and listen to similar artists, albeit still in 30-second snippets. Also, once logged in you can tweet what songs or artists you’re currently listening to. #music even suggests which artists you should follow based on your tastes.
You can even log into your premium Spotify or RDIO account to listen to full versions of songs, but I haven’t tried out this feature since I don’t have either. This is a great way to bridge together two services but if you have a premium Spotify account, there is no reason to download #music, unless you want that Twitter integration.
For what the app sets out to do, it works fine. Finding new artists is the strongest thing this app has going for it but for someone who uses other methods of finding new music, this app is pointless for me. If you don’t really mess around in Twitter all that often, I’ll have to say ‘skip it.’ However, if you do use the platform to find new music or use it to share music with your friends, then by all means download and get to tweeting.Google+