Have you ever wanted to have a constant stream of the music your friends are listening to? Now you can. The only catch is that you and all your friends have to use the #NowPlaying hashtag when listening to a song. Luckily, the #NowPlaying hashtag is already widely used across twitter; #music is probably already listing your friends’ most recently jammed-to tracks.
Upon opening the app you’re presented with a few different interfaces. The “Popular” tab will show new music that is trending across Twitter as a whole. “Emerging” will show you “hidden talent found in tweets.” How they judge what is “hidden talent” is beyond me. A “Suggested” tab does just as you might think–it gives you artists based on your own interests. Finally, as I mentioned earlier, the #NowPlaying tab will show you all the songs your friends are listening to.
The app will work without a Twitter account, but that would be somewhat pointless–you would be missing out on one of the app’s coolest features. Furthermore, if you want to be able to actually listen to the music you see within the app, you’ll have to sign in with a paid Spotify or Rdio subscription. Twitter says it ”will continue to explore and add other music service providers.” If you don’t sign in, you will only be able to listen to short iTunes preview versions of the tracks.
Even if you don’t have a paid Spotify or Rdio account, this app is fairly awesome. Having a stream of all the songs your friends are listening to is convenient, and the app lets you quickly and easily give those songs a preview. On top of all this, the app looks absolutely fantastic. Give it a shot and let us know what you think in the comments.