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Twitter Launches the World's Umpteenth Online Music Site 45

Posted by timothy
from the re-dis-un-double-secret-intermediation dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "Twitter is plunging into the online music game. Twitter Music (or "Twitter #music," in the company's own rendering) uses Twitter activity such as Tweets and engagement "to detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists," according to an April 18 posting on Twitter's official blog. Songs on the app derive from three sources: iTunes, Spotify, or Rdio. And yes, Twitter is big, but its victory is by no means assured: other IT giants have entered the same market only to watch highly-publicized projects wither away, doomed by some combination of audience apathy and implementation issues. Take Apple's Ping, for example: launched in September 2010 as part of an iTunes update, the ambitious social-networking and music-recommendation engine immediately ran into a number of problems, including a lack of Facebook integration (despite Steve Jobs' assurances to the contrary) and widespread reports of spam and fake accounts. Can Twitter's effort stand out, or will it just be lost in all the noise?"
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Twitter Launches the World's Umpteenth Online Music Site

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  • Twitter (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 18, 2013 @10:30AM (#43483111)

    So they will play the first 140 bytes of the song ?

    • We will need to use bytebeats to get a song in that limit.
    • by ackthpt (218170)

      So they will play the first 140 bytes of the song ?

      You'll all sing like the birdies sing, Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet!

    • by rwise2112 (648849)

      So they will play the first 140 bytes of the song ?

      No, they'll choose a bit rate to make all the songs 140 bytes. It'll be fine!

  • That word (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 18, 2013 @10:30AM (#43483117)

    I do not think it is a word. Perhaps you should try "umpteenth". Note the "m".

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I hear the songs can only be 140 seconds long.

  • why look another twitter feature I will never use

    • Re:so what? (Score:5, Funny)

      by SJHillman (1966756) on Thursday April 18, 2013 @10:36AM (#43483201)

      Because nobody should ever do anything if you, personally, won't use it

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Pretty much.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Frankly, I'm more concerned about the fact that they're devoting resources to branching out further when their original focus is in need of work.

        They crippled third-party clients with the API restrictions, and have since come out with Vine and #Music. Meanwhile, DMs are still unreliable, you can't filter anything beyond blocking users or turning off their retweets, follow request responses don't work reliably, @'ing now pulls up a universal search instead of putting your followers/followees at the top of th

  • Personally, I've already forgotten about whatever it is I'm commenting on....
  • Witness the devolving into indie bands patting each other's backs. Anybody notice the directional path being eerily similar to what happened to MySpace?

    Incidentally, if I see someone post that they like a song on (pick your social network) I ignore it. Can't remember the last time I actually clicked one. Maybe that's just me.

    • by tnk1 (899206)

      There are people whose opinion of music that I trust to at least not waste my time, and I'm always looking for something new. Still, I'd have to agree that signal to noise ratio on something like Twitter is likely to be something of a problem.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Hey Tiothy you illiterate idiot, it's "umpteenth".

    What qualifies you to be an editor again? Because it aint your prowess with the English language.

  • by gstoddart (321705) on Thursday April 18, 2013 @11:01AM (#43483457) Homepage

    Take Apple's Ping, for example: launched in September 2010 as part of an iTunes update, the ambitious social-networking and music-recommendation engine immediately ran into a number of problems, including a lack of Facebook integration

    Is lack of Facebook integration really a problem?

    Admittedly, I see no value in Apple's Ping or most forms of social networking, so I'm clearly too old and grumpy, and therefore not their target market. But I can't see wanting to tell Facebook such information about myself.

    To me, lack of Facebook integration is a good thing. (And, yes, I'm aware of the fact that for lots of people apparently it's the most awesome thing ever)

    • well I am not on your lawn

      • by gstoddart (321705)

        well I am not on your lawn

        Hey, you can do anything you want on your lawn. You can even come over to my lawn and tell me how awesome your lawn is.

        But I'm not going to run out and buy pink flamingos and lawn jockeys because you think they're awesome. ;-)

        I don't get it, but that doesn't mean I care about your choice to do it. I'm obviously not going to deny that loads of people use Facebook and like it, because that would be silly.

        But since every site now links to Facebook, I'm betting they get to know prett

    • by Sockatume (732728)

      Given that it's a social network, its interrelationships (or lack thereof) with existing social networks were an issue. Now, as someone who doesn't use social networks, you can argue that it doesn't apply to you, but you can hardly say that it's a positive, any more than creating inedible cheese is a perk for the lactose intolerant.

  • by Oyjord (810904)

    I can't remember the last time I've seen such a vast collection of shitty music all in one space.

  • by Stonent1 (594886) <stonent AT stone ... intclark DOT net> on Thursday April 18, 2013 @11:20AM (#43483647) Journal
    Nobody wants to listen to songs 160 bytes at a time.
  • It'll just be all justin dweeber crap.

    It seems like they're just acting like an affiliate that recommends music based on tweets?
  • Though I hate to have yet another duck nibbling my wee budget to death, an $30-some annual ad-free App.Net is starting to look appealing. Twitter still does have some utility, but it's becoming an unjustifiable time-suck; and wading through more and more ads and 'promoted' bullshit is hastening the day of departure.
  • The Twitter #music looks like a cool concept and might gain enough traction to become pretty big. I still haven't tested ease of use, but releasing something to celebrities prior to the general public will always get people talking.

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