Joynt: Apple, Twitter preparing to launch music streaming services

Jordan Joynt

After rumors started circulating about the possibility of a Twitter-based music service, there is finally a Twitter Music sign-up page.

Yesterday, We Are Hunted announced via a note on their website that they were acquired by Twitter. We Are Hunted aggregates data across blogs and social media to collect the newest, most popular songs into a constantly updated music chart.

Twitter showed interest in the service in March, presumably to set up its own music streaming and discovery service.

“While we are shutting down, we will continue to create services that will delight you, as part of the Twitter team,” We Are Hunted said in a note on their website. “There’s no question that Twitter and music go well together. Artists turn to Twitter first to connect with fans, and people share and discover new songs and albums every day. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on at Twitter.”

According to the Verge, Apple and Universal Music Group are close to inking a deal, with the company expected to release a web radio service of their own.

Both Apple and Twitter will be joining the ranks of several music streaming services, including Spotify and Pandora. Pandora currently leads the pack with roughly 65 million users and Spotify maintains about 20 million total users.