The Echo Nest Brings Twitter to Music Apps

January 10, 2012

Thanks to ongoing collaboration between Twitter and The Echo Nest, music app developers will soon be able to incorporate tweets from specific recording artists directly into their apps.

Approximately one quarter of Twitter’s verified accounts belong to musicians, many of them quite famous. The Echo Nest is applying our music intelligence platform to identify which verified accounts belong to recording artists and to deliver that data to Twitter, helping to organize Twitter verified accounts, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

We are also adding these artists’ Twitter IDs to our Rosetta Stone ID mapping technology, which helps music services and app developers easily incorporate Twitter into their music apps without having to manually scour through the Twitter API to find musicians. Now, any developer can include these artists’ tweets within their apps. (Developers must comply with Twitter’s terms of service, of course.)

This move strengthens Twitter’s position as a crucial part of the internet’s infrastructure; it allows music app developers to incorporate real-time statements from popular artists into apps of all kinds; and it will help create a stronger bond between artists on their fans on a variety of platforms.

Twitter and music apps are each incredibly powerful ways for artists to reach fans — and for fans to experience artists. We’re happy to help them work together.

The first app to include tweets courtesy of The Echo Nest Rosetta Stone’s Twitter artist IDs is Discovr Music for iPhone and iPad, which adds that capability as of today. Groovebug will follow next week, after which we expect a slew of music apps to start incorporating artists’ Twitter feeds.

In the following screenshot, the Discovr Music app (iPhone version) displays Coldplay’s tweets within the app, so fans can see what that band and thousands of others are up to: 

Apps like Discovr Music can also include other fans’ mentions of Coldplay on Twitter:

You can also search for “coldplay” to find tweets about the band that don’t use the #coldplay hashtag:

Here’s what Twitter will look like in the Groovebug music app. In this screenshot, the new “it” band Foster The People’s tweets appear within the app:

Groovebug and other music apps will also feature Kanye’s latest musings:

Last but not least, our favorite Oaktown rapper to break out in 2011 is among the thousands of artists whose Twitter feeds are now in The Echo Nest’s Rosetta Stone platform:

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