Posted 04/12/2013 at 10:46 AM
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A standalone music app from Twitter is something that has long been rumored; however, any concrete information on a release date has never been forthcoming – until now.
According to the guys over at AllThingsD and the generally reliable “sources familiar with the matter,” Twitter’s music application will launch over the next few days. The sources, though, are not in agreement as to the precise timing of the app.
One source believes that the app will be with us today (Friday April 12th), while the other thinks that the Coachella music festival in California will be the platform for the launch. The latter would make sense, given that the Los Angeles music festival is known for its sponsorship and history of product launches, but TechCrunch writer Josh Constine feels that such timing might be a risk.
“The festival is chaotic, there’s poor mobile signal, people try to conserve battery life, and there’s a ton of distraction,” said Constine. “It may be difficult to find time to download and use a music discovery app.”
The app itself is said to recommend tracks and artists to Twitter users based on factors such as whom they follow on the micro-blogging site. It will also be possible to access SoundCloud and iTunes from within the app to listen to clips of songs. Watching videos from within the app will be possible too, thanks to a hook up with VEVO.
Any intention that Twitter may have had in keeping talk of the app under wraps until launch were undone yesterday when American Idol host Ryan Seacrest randomly tweeted about using it. His tweet was then replied to by music search company We Are Hunted, who soon after changed its homepage to reveal that they had joined Twitter.
There is no information yet as to which platform the app will be launching on, although, CNET believes it to be iOS only, possibly leaving Android users months behind once again.