That’s because I have iTunes running on either iPhone or iPod while I’m at work, while I’m driving, or while I’m putzing my way through household chores, or jogging around the neighborhood. Sound familiar? Well, here’s another familiar way to discover more music the social way.
The Individual Social Network
The latest way to find new music is free on your iPhone or iPod touch and it has a deep social connection. It’s called Twitter #Music, a free app from the iTunes App Store.
Like Rdio and Spotify, Twitter #Music uses the membership of a social network to help you find what’s new and where.
Unlike Rdio and Spotify, Twitter #Music doesn’t come with a price tag, but also only gives you 60-second iTunes previews of songs.
You don’t even need a Twitter account, but that limits some of the benefit of this free music finding app.
Recommendations are pulled from public data of top trending artists in the Popular or Emerging tabs, or the very expected way.
Twitter #Music automatically gathers songs to match artists you follow on Twitter.
The app is fun to use but comes with a couple of giant flaws.
The first is that you only get to listen to 60-second previews, which makes it less like Rdio and Spotify, and more like rummaging through iTunes Music Store.
The second is that by following specific artists they also show up in your Twitter feed and that creates an enormous amount of visual noise.
Many artists have tens of thousands of followers who tweet regularly, and that feed isn’t soothing. It’s downright irritating.
If you set up an use Rdio or Spotify you’ll get more use out of Twitter #Music, but look for this new and free app and service to become a magnet for advertising as Twitter tries to figure out a way to make money.