Twitter Music debuts without Android app


Today on Good Morning America Twitter officially unveiled their new #Music service. More of a recommendation engine than a competitor to streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, the app is the direct result of Twitter’s acquisition of startup We Are Hunted. Twitter Music uses the people you follow to help provide recommendations on new artists and music, outsourcing the actual playback to the likes of Rdio, Spotify, and iTunes. The problem? The service launched without an Android app.

It seemed like we passed the point where new apps and services launched first on the iPhone and only weeks or even months later for Android. It’s especially surprising that such a huge presence like Twitter would neglect Android users at launch. That makes two Twitter-owned apps that ignore the largest mobile userbase in the world (looking at you, Vine).

When Twitter Music does launch for Android, it will feature four main screens to interact with: Suggested, #NowPlaying, Popular, and Emerging. As the names suggest, each will offer a different entry point into music discovery. Suggested takes its cues from your the people you interact with on Twitter, #NowPlaying combs over tweets using its namesake hashtag to show what others are currently listening to, and Popular and Emerging get their tunes based on what is currently trending or up-and-coming.

You can experience all of that now if you have an iPhone. But if you are an avid reader of this site, we suspect that may not be the case. You will just have to wait your turn to see what Twitter #Music is all about.


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  1. Greeeeat. Music suggestions based on who I’m following? This actually sounded like a good idea to them?!? No thank you! No wonder all of these suggestion engines suck so much.

  2. twitter bloatware

  3. Well I can’t think of any good reason and why they didn’t launch an android app also I will just file this away under laziness

  4. One thing in life I have learned is most people listen to terrible music. Or is it that I listen to bad music, and everyone else listens to good music? Either way, I generally do not like the suggestions people give me for music. Though, services like Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube do a great job of finding similar bands to the ones I like.

  5. Apps a fail in my book

  6. It’s starting to look like that deep iOS integration with Twitter may include a similarly deep agreement to put iOS apps first…

  7. Do we really need another mucic app out of the hundreds already available for android? I already use Tune in pro and Pandora.

  8. I will stick with Tune In Pro and Songza for my music, or the old school YouTube to search for music.

  9. another day another music app. I really dont see the use in this one, seems like one heck of a novelty compared to fairly good algorithms that pandora and other sites use.

    While I like music, my interest has fallen off a cliff from what it used to be when i constantly searched for things I like, now i just youtube occasionally and im satisfied.

  10. I for one thank twitter for not releasing this lame app on android.

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