The past week has seen a flurry of activity around Twitter's purported new music streaming service, #music. As previously reported, Ryan Seacrest told his followers last Thursday that Twitter #music was real, and he was already playing with it. Over the last two days, a number of prominent musicians have also tweeted about the service, which reportedly pulls in tracks from a number of services including Rdio, Spotify, YouTube, Vevo, SoundCloud, and iTunes.
Loving the new app by Twiiter #Music.I think this is gonna revolutionize things real fast...— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) April 16, 2013
In one tweet, Nikki Sixx calls #music revolutionary, while Moby, Alt-J, and Ne-Yo all appear impressed with it as well. Moby, after listening to a James Blake track through the service, called it "a really interesting music resource," Ne-Yo said that "Twitter has some insane things in the pipeline," and Alt-J called it "rad." As AllThingsD points out, Ryan Seacrest has been known to engage in "faux-stealth marketing" in the past, so it's a little tricky to take these new, overwhelmingly positive comments at face value.
It's not clear when Twitter will make #music available publicly, nor do we know exactly how it will work. Earlier rumors pointed to a launch to coincide with the Coachella festival, but that's now come and gone. In the meantime, you can console yourself with the fact that more important people than you are having the time of lives using the service.
Totally R∆D new music app from twitter @twittermusic— Δ (alt-J) (@alt_J) April 16, 2013
Thanks to my friends @twittermusic for sharing your new app and connecting us thru music. Congrats!— Jason Mraz (@jason_mraz) April 16, 2013