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Twitter Launches Music Service, Continues to Forget That Android Exists

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Twitter made their new music service official this morning with an announcement and then release on…iOS. As you can tell, and should be no surprise if you look at Vine, Twitter still doesn’t realize that Android is just as, if not more important than iOS in the mobile game these days. Then again, with iOS you don’t have as many devices to develop for and should be easier to launch with, but I digress. 

So what is Twitter’s #music app? According to Twitter the new service (app) “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,” so that you can get directly into artist profiles, find their songs for listening, see their top song, and then Tweet about it all. If you want to find music that your friends are enjoying at the moment or may interest you, you can cruise to #NowPlaying to see a list.

As I mentioned earlier, the service is available as an app for iOS, but a web client is also available now at music.twitter.com. It will eventually launch on Android, but Twitter did not provide a date.

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  • Android got Facebook home,iOS got twitter music. Sounds fair to me.

  • Nothing to worry about, Android users. I just downloaded and this app is a 30 second clip player, utter garbage. Better get Spotify or something.

  • Gruber Impersonator

    “Pretty Sure Twitter Didn’t ‘Forget’ Anything”

  • Eduardo Manuel

    Twitter music alternative for Android is live and free: music app for android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dvelop.w2l @w2lapp #w2l #what2listen

  • jameskatt

    Twitter is smart enough to realize that Apple users actually spend money, and Android users are cheap. Twitter is going where the money is.

  • Obi-Wan

    these aren’t the droids you’re looking for…

  • LAN8

    Android does not exist.

  • Noan Droid

    We can has androids now?

  • Sounds cool. thanks for sharing you post.

  • Why the hell is there so many iOS users in the comments going on about how Android is such a bad platform.



    • Uther_Pendragon

      Caps means what you are saying is important.

  • “…with iOS you don’t have as many devices to develop for and should be easier to launch with, but I digress. ”

    You digress from the entire point.

    • Its called thats the typical BS excuse from a developer who is too lazy to correctly design an Android app! If designed correctly with fragments and tested on multiple emulators (they don’t cost any money, just a minute each to set up and launch) and maybe a FEW actual hardware devices that are laying around, you will have a near bugless Android app!

      • If by a “FEW” you mean about 100 to 150 devices/OS loads. My friends doing game dev on Android (where the sims are mostly worthless) do regression testing on over 100 different configurations taking into account GPU, CPU, RAM and external memory in some phones SD card [card read speeds can cause some weird things]. At the end of the day, they tend to find between 1 to 2 dozen minor issues that need unique code of 5-10 lines each. Minor but it takes time, money and effort to find these issues. It is a sad excuse to say regression testing is not a serious concern.

  • Digress nothing. You just made the essential point.

  • spuy767

    Pretty sure that the author of this piece forgot that iOS users spend the overwhelming majority of the money and use their phones as smart phones a much greater percentage of the time.

  • Peter

    You seem to forget that droiders don’t buy things

    • Gabriel Thompson

      apparently they actually do buy iPhones as “secondary phones” so they can test out the cool apps!

  • SuperMatt

    Android users are shown not to spend any money. Why target them, if your goal is profit?

  • Tom

    they didn’t forget. they went iOS first because those users actually use their phones.

    • You mean to text and drive? I know, I see it all the time. 😉

      • ScottJL

        shouldn’t you be watching the road and not other drivers texting?

  • Rubin

    Oh Lord, there is so much butt-hurt from Android users. Your platform is not appealing to developers. Why can’t you see the reasons? It’s plastered everywhere.

    Android customers are not as engaged with their computing devices as iOS customers. Until Android users believe in paying for their apps, demand a consistent user experience, and control the malware, expect developers to look at Android second. If at all.

    • Umm… not even close, its because android actually gives us options beside do you want the “new one” or the “old identical one we stopped making money on so we added something that most other phone brands already added a few years ago to make a new one.” It even says the real reason, there are more options for android so instead of writing one code that works on all the iphones (because they are all identical) you have to write multiple so it works on all the android supported OS’s. Do you know why most people get iphones? Because they are not smart enough and android is too “confusing” to use. Open your eyes to what Google is doing, it is taking over the market with new technology and even better integration between apps
      I don’t prefer Mac books but I do like them so I’m not being biased

  • hahaha

    “Twitter still doesn’t realize that Android is just as, if not more important than iOS in the mobile game these days” unless you’re trying to make money.

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  • Patrick T

    Twitter is going the way of facebook, leave it alone people don’t want any of your crap.

  • Landshark535

    Is this really a surprise though? I thought I had read, at one point, that Apple was highly invested in Twitter.

  • It’s horrible. I’ll just keep using my iTunes library and soulseek 🙂

  • Just like what I have commented on the Facebook Home’s launch, Android fans can hate Facebook Home as an app/launcher, but we should appreciate how Facebook recognize the strength of our beloved platform.

    • samdchuck

      Or they couldn’t do what they wanted anywhere else, neither Apple or Microsoft is willing to hand over their platform to Facebook. Thy want to make a phone but are smart enough to realise that competing against Samsung/Apple wil most likely result in failure, so they took over Android because that was the best option, most likely as a stepping stone.

      • Gabriel Thompson

        you can jailbreak the iPhone to get chatheads on your phone, but which Facebook users really trust the quality of their feeds to have them plastered on their home screen? Teens “Oh look, my uncle just said something semi-rascist. Like; oh, and there’s my friend getting sick outside the club from last night. Like”

    • kgelner

      Facebook has taught other companies a valuable lesson – don’t bother respecting Android users, as they will not return the favor.

    • Where by “recognizes the strength of our platform” you mean “realized they could effectively steal the OS from Google by putting a new skin on it”, right?

      • Facebook Home is a launcher…not a skin…by your logic Nova and Apex are stealing from Google too.

  • How is this a music service? All it does is play previews from itunes and directs you to itunes?

    • Gabriel Thompson

      because you haven’t connected to Spotify or Rdio. How did you not figure this out?

      • because I just went to the mobile sit and looked at it, didnt look into it much since its useless.

  • paul_cus

    Don’t really need another music service, but it might surprise me.

  • Andrew Wilson

    I can see the point behind this, but it does nothing for me. Kind of like Vine. I used it when I had an iPhone and all it was good for was to see 6 second videos made by famous people showing how they are famous and you aren’t. All Twitter music does is let us know what crappy music is popular among 14-17 year old kids…

    • kgelner

      I never saw a single Vine from anyone famous. I really like Vine because it’s almost impossible to be boring in six seconds.

  • I’m not really sure what the service does. It provides a link to itunes and lets you listen to a preview/compose a tweet about it? Seems rather redundant. I would have been more impressed by a tie in with Spotify. Deep integration between spotify and twitter profiles would have been much more to write home about.

    • It seems to have a Spotify/Rdio tie in to play full tracks. Either the service is popular or down but myself and others can’t get this to work.

  • John Burke

    I don’t use Twitter anyways so no loss for me but still cool to see new Apps.

    • Silver Veloz

      I don’t tweet either, so I don’t care.

  • Rolo P

    Twitter?!? Almost forgot that existed…hard to remember after flying the Falcon!

  • MKader17

    Twitter Launches Music Service, MKader17 Continues to Forget That Twitter Exists…

    • michael arazan

      And twitter still dumbfounded on why they can’t make money off their services

    • foljs

      That’ll show ’em!

  • JoshGroff

    Android exists??? This is news to me.

    • Austin Warren

      What’s this android you speak of?

      • JoshGroff

        I don’t know, I just heard about it today.

        • Austin Warren

          Sounds cool

          • colormedisappointed

            These aren’t the droids we’re looking for.

      • Doodpants

        Android is a game for the Mac, that’s similar to Lode Runner: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/13629/android

  • Kyle Miller

    Google Music is so much better! No need for this on Android right now anyway. This is a iTunes/Spotify/Rdio/Twitter collab. Android would be too confusing for most folks who developed this app.

  • RichFromBX

    I can’t blame them really…they could already see all of the negative reviews:

    “this app is garbage – doesn’t run on my Droid 2”

    “piece of crap – force closes every time I open it on my Thunderbolt”

    “don’t release an app unless it works on all phones and all OS versions – this is bullsh*t it doesn’t work on my G1”

  • *yawn*

  • This is Twitter’s 2nd fialed “service” launch that ignored the entire Android community. The first was Vine videos.

    • kgelner

      How can you say both have failed? Vine is still used today, and this service is brand new. When did “fail” become the same as “something you disagree with”.

      • Geoff Rose

        fialed means “something you disagree with”, failed is still the same 🙂

    • Gabriel Thompson

      yeah, somebody failed, but don’t think it was Twitter who does in fact make money

      • Very little money that is, the people in this comment thread seem to forget that even though Android users might be statistically “frugal” (or as I call it being SMART WITH YOUR MONEY AND THE WAY YOU SPEND IT!) there is still the huge ad base that Android has to offer! Just think if you could display one ad on just a third of the Android user base, that ad would be seem millions of times and clicked on possibly hundreds of thousands of times!

        • Rrrgggghhhh

          … otherwise known as losing money on every sale, and making up for it on volume.

  • Austin Warren

    Kinda like how Vine is only on iOS. The fuq is up with that

    • DroidFTW

      It’s very simple. Twitter had access to the usage figures and the obviously can tell than they receive more traffic from iOS devices than Android devices. Not surprising at all when you look at web traffic and app purchases that iOS users use their phones differently than Android users, on average. Android has a market share lead but all signs point to a big chunk of those Android phones are being used simply as phones.

      • Austin Warren

        Apple is probably slipping them cash under the table

        • ERIC REED

          I have Vine on my phone, and its not that great. Everyone’s Vine’s suck except the promoted ones!

          • Gabriel Thompson

            so why not create good Vines? try contributing instead of blaming others for your boredom

          • ERIC REED

            Try using capital letters!

  • Eldorath

    Not really sure the demand for this.. all it seems to be is a user overlay that tries to link to RDIO or Spotify.

  • Corey Hine

    seems like it only plays iTunes previews for me…

    • Gabriel Thompson

      thanks for the perfect example of how Android users aren’t engaged with their phones/apps……particularly the ones who also have iPhones so they can test out the cool apps

  • I still appreciate the “Holo” theme of the Twitter app on Android.

  • Great, Now we finally have a way to know what 50 million Bieber fans think is popular. That should come in handy.

    • DroidFTW

      Actually he is only #95 on the popular list so I don’t think those fake Bieber followers are tweeting or retweeting his music.

    • Gabriel Thompson

      don’t follow Bieber and don’t read the Popular section. Go to Emerging and Suggested

  • Shane Redman

    slowly becoming a shortened version of myspace….

    • Gabriel Thompson

      except myspace never had every news source, celebrity, public company on it. Its raw promotion and advertising and I’d bet you hard cash its here to stay.

      • Michael Scrip


        People always compare Myspace to Facebook or Twitter… but they forget that Myspace was actually pretty terrible.

        Even at the height of Myspace’s “popularity” it was mostly a punchline for late-night comics… or a haven for pedophiles.

        Myspace had nothing on today’s social networks.

      • Shane Redman

        I was just speaking in terms of services. I agree it’s better and here to stay. I just remember when every so-called musician’s page was their demo page…

  • still wont let me authorize my twitter, it gets hung up