Well, Twitter won’t give us access to music.twitter.com yet, so we can’t review Twitter’s upcoming music app, currently available by invitation only. Nonetheless, thanks to some clever snooping, we know that the app will embed music players for iTunes (probably 90-second samples), Rdio, SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube, and Vevo; it will let people buy music; and it will recommend trending music and shows.
Twitter #music, as the app is known, is expected to become available to the press and public at some point later this week as a web app, and possibly, at some point, for iOS and Android too. Until then, all we have is talk. Not even my contacts at We Are Hunted, who built it, can grant me access — and they probably would if they could, because my Wired article brought them their first publicity three years ago today.
If only there were a way to turn all of the celebrities with early access to Twitter Music into our own, personal, unpaid research assistants!
Oh yeah, there is.
Here’s what the celebrity “influencers” with access to the closed beta are saying about Twitter Music, the upcoming music discovery service from Twitter, which we have confirmed was (and is being) built by the We Are Hunted team, which was acquired by Twitter late last year, in no particular order:
Ne-Yo: “Twitter has some insane things in the pipeline. The new twitter #music app is big! Shout out to my peeps over at twitter ;) #HUGE”
Ryan Seacrest: “playing with @twitter‘s new music app (yes it’s real!)…there’s a serious dance party happening at idol right now” and “lovin the app…shows what artists are trending, also has up and coming artists… spinning u now @frankturner“
Wiz Khalifa: “Man this new Twitter music app is insane!”
Nikki Sixx: “Loving the new app by Twiiter #Music.I think this is gonna revolutionize things real fast…”
Soft Reeds: “yeah just blew my whole morning playing with the new @TwitterMusic service.. found loads of great music.. oh god I love this thing..”
Blake Shelton: “Hey @twittermusic thanks for sending me the new music app… Y’all are the sh*t!”
Out of the lot, only Seacrest addresses any specific feature, and all he tells us is that it includes both trending and up-and-coming artists. Soft Reeds mentioned that they found some nice tunes through it, but still: What could be more “Twitter” than short, almost-meaningless reviews from famous people focusing on the fact that they have access and you don’t?
Clearly, Twitter Music needs some pro reviewers taking a look, but that will have to wait.
Also, this list is shorter than we thought it might be… did we miss any of what these “influencers” are saying? Please, please, let us know, and we’ll post those tweets along with a link to your Twitter.