Twitter preps mobile music app that lets its users play and share songs on Apple iOS devices

“Twitter Inc., the Web-based social messaging service, is developing a mobile music application that will let its users play and share songs on Apple Inc. devices, people with knowledge of the matter said,” Douglas MacMillan and Andy Fixmer report for Bloomberg. “The app will stream music from SoundCloud Ltd., a Berlin- based audio-sharing service, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the plan hasn’t been announced. Twitter last year acquired digital-media startup We Are Hunted as part of its push into music, a person said.”

“SoundCloud lets artists and music labels make songs available to users, who can then listen and make notations on the tracks. The partnership would let Twitter users share those songs using their mobile phones, said a person familiar with the matter,” MacMillan and Fixmer report. “Executives at two major record labels first learned of Twitter’s plans today, after CNET reported the development of a music app, according to two people close to the companies. It wasn’t clear whether Twitter would need separate agreements with music labels for a service with SoundCloud.”

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