Twitter #music

App review by
Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media
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Good tool for sharing music, but watch privacy concerns.

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Ease of Play

Twitter #music is very easy to use and has an intuitive interface. Teens can explore music in-app, even without a Twitter account, but must be an account holder to post tweets. There's a helpful "walk-thru" of the app in the app's setting. 

Violence

No violent content in the app itself, but teens can come across songs with violent lyrics or cover art with graphic images. The word "Explicit" may appear in the cover art as a forewarning to young listeners.

Sex

No sexual content in the app itself, but teens can come across songs with sexually explicit lyrics or album art with sexual images. The word "Explicit" may appear in the cover art as a forewarning to young listeners.

Language

No iffy language in the app itself, but teens can come across lyrics or song titles containing profanity. The word "Explicit" may appear in the cover art as a forewarning to young listeners.

Consumerism

Artists promote current and upcoming recordings in-app. The app has easy access, in several places to the iTunes store and both Spotify and Rdio links. (Subscriptions to Spotify and Rdio are $9.99 each)

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No content related to drinking, drugs, or smoking in the app itself, but teens can come across lyrics or cover art that shows smoking and drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Twitter #music is a social media music app that lets teens listen to music and artists currently trending on Twitter. Teens can follow specific artists, explore songs their friends tweet about, even check out music that their favorite bands follow -- all in 30-second preview snippets. There's an in-app link to iTunes, so teens can also purchase music directly from the app.  Although a Twitter account isn't required to explore music in the app, teens will need one to share and post tweets from Twitter #music.

Unlike music player services like Rdio and Spotify, which turn a device into a music player of full-length songs, Twitter #music only showcases short clips of music that are currently mentioned on Twitter. (Additional subscription fees to Rdio and Spotify are required to hear full-length songs.) Musical genres are limited and app's search function will only find music and artists that people are currently tweeting about on Twitter.

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What's it about?

The app has three main screens: Popular, Emerging, and Suggested. Popular shows what's currently trending on Twitter, Emerging shows acts generating interest, and Suggested recommends songs based on tweets. Touch an artist to bring up their songs, tweets, and to see their followers; touch a Twitter name to bring up the artist they follow. The Me tab shows artists users follow themselves. Teens can buy songs in-app through iTunes or share musical discoveries with fellow Twitter friends with a handy pre-scripted tweet.

Is it any good?

TWITTER #MUSIC is an appealing way for teens to explore music that's currently popular on Twitter. Like its mother site, Twitter #music is follower-inspired and lets teens express their musical tastes and check out those of others through a social media platform. Just don't rely on it as a music player because it doesn't allow teens to access online radio stations or create playlists of music. Instead, Twitter #music is all about finding music that's being tweeted about so teens can share (or buy) tracks.

Twitter #music selections are limited to 30-second snippets. Full-length songs are only available through subscriptions to Rdio or Spotify. While teens can explore music in-app without a Twitter account, Twitter #music highly encourages teens to engage in social media behaviors -- the numerous "follow" and "tweet" buttons everywhere scream out for participation. Tried and true Twitter users may enjoy tweeting about trendy music, but real music lovers of any age will be disappointed by the app's limitation of selections, genres, and song length.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 20, 2013
  • Category: Music
  • Size: 18.20 MB
  • Publisher: Twitter, Inc.
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

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