Twitter could be venturing into the streaming music game as early as next month. Although a release date hasn’t yet been confirmed by Twitter, CNET reports the social media service is preparing for the launch of a new music app with the reliably simple title of Twitter Music.
The app will reportedly suggest artists and songs to a user based on the accounts which they follow on Twitter. From there, those tracks will then be streamed to the user via SoundCloud.
Along with these suggestions, which are to be featured under the ‘Suggested’ tab, Twitter Music will reportedly have two other main tabs to help the user search for music – ‘Popular’ and ‘Emerging’. The service will employ the use of the always trending hashtag #nowplaying so users can see what tracks other users are listening to.
The app is going to be built by Twitter using technology from Australian-made music popularity app We Are Hunted, which Twitter acquired late last year. Analysts reckon Twitter Music is an attempt by the social media giant to take on the streaming market currently filled with apps such as Pandora, Guvera, Rdio and Spotify.