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TechBit: Twitter #music is a pleasant distraction but isn’t essential

Twitter took the wraps off a much-anticipated music service last month, which is supposed to make it easy for users to find new music and keep up with their favorite artists in the process. Users can listen to four types of songs: music that’s popular on the network, songs from “emerging” artists, songs from the people your friends follow and, finally, music from the artists you follow. Of course, you can share the songs you’re listening to in a tweet.

Tracks play courtesy of iTunes — you also can hook the app into your Spotify or Rdio account to tap their song databases. There are a couple of quibbles, however. For one, not every artist you follow may have an available track, though there is a wide variety available. Also, the app isn’t available for Android devices, which makes it unavailable to most of the U.S. smartphone market.

Twitter #music app (Twitter)

While the app is fun and good for a few moments of distraction, it doesn’t offer quite enough to replace your favorite playlists or Internet radio service. Free, for iOS devices.

Hayley Tsukayama

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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