In yet another step in Twitter’s development into a full-fledged media hub, the micro-blogging site is preparing to launch a music discovery and streaming app. CNET reported that Twitter acquired a music discovery service called We Are Hunted last year and is expected to rebrand it as the Twitter Music app.
The new app will make suggestions for users based on genre and the bands they follow on Twitter. Music will be streamed through a partnership with SoundCloud. The Twitter Music app is an extension of the Twitter Music account, which currently has more than 2 million followers.
CNET reported that the upcoming app will have four main tabs—the “Suggested” tab helps find songs based on the musicians and bands Twitter user follows. “#NowPlaying” suggests songs that are currently being tweeted at the moment. The “Popular” tab promotes songs that are trending on the app and “Emerging” helps users discover up-and-coming artists.
Twitter’s foray into music discovery follows its efforts to enter the online video-sharing market. It recently acquired Vine and introduced an app of the same name which lets users create and share six-second videos.