With Twitter's new music service reportedly coming out sometime in the next week—only famous people will have access this Coachella weekend—it's time to consider if we really want to go to our Twitter friends to find new tunes. No, is the response that comes to mind when pondering that question. With all the other choices out there—Spotify, Pandora, Rdio—Twitter needs to build us something we want to pick over these other offerings. We've built up our Twitter followings without considering music. A lot of people on Twitter use the service to find news or follow specific personalities, like pundits, comedians, or celebrities—our followings don't always reflect our social lives nor a list of the "cool" people to follow for music recommendations. But, a look at how the service will likely look—based on this sourced report from CNET—the service sounds more organized than that.
The engine will recommend music, but according to CNET's sources it will do so "based on a variety of signals." That includes "accounts a user follows on Twitter" and the "#NowPlaying" brings in links to songs tweeted by people you follow. But it's not completely driven by our Twitter followers. Those other "signals" are based on your "graph," which tracks the artists a person is following and the artists that other people you follow are following. So, it's not all about what friends are listening to, but your taste in music. The app will also have "popular" and "emerging" artists tabs that let you discover music that way.