The Twitter Music service has been bubbling under the rumour mill for a while now. Well, no longer: it's officially gone live for iOS and web users.
The Twitter-powered music-finding service plugs into Rdio, Spotify and iTunes to work as a kind of crowd-sourced recommendation service, allowing you to check out the tunes liked and shared by the people you follow.
For now Twitter Music is only available as a dedicated app for iOS, but Twitter promises an Android version is on the cards too, though no mention of something similar for Windows Phone or BlackBerry 10 at this stage.
That doesn't mean non-iDevice listeners are out in the cold, though – they'll just have to make do with the web version for the time being.
By default, 30-second previews of songs will be played back through iTunes, but Rdio and Spotify users can listen to full versions if signed in.
Writing on the Twitter Blog, Stephen Philips – founder of Twitter-owned We Are Hunted – wrote: “Twitter Music 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 center: 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.”
The effectiveness of the whole thing depends on who you follow, who they follow and how active you all are in sharing music (via the #music tag). If you're a bit of a metal-head, for instance, but your Twitter buddies are hardcore country music fans, Twitter Music might not work out so well for you. Plus, you have my sympathies.
Anyhow, check out Twitter Music for yourself online or via the Apple Store. Android users, you'll no doubt be getting yours before too long.