According to CNET, Twitter purchased the Australian music discovery site We are Hunted sometime at the end of 2012, though an official announcement of the acquisition has yet to be made. Twitter will release its own, branded music discovery app for iOS, called Twitter Music, which is not to be confused with the popular Twitter account @TwitterMusic.
The new app is said to feature a silver play button sporting Twitter’s blue bird logo, and could be available to users as soon as the end of the month.
Twitter Music promises to have some appealing features, including baked-in SoundCloud integration and tabs for popular and emerging charts, similar to those We Are Hunted used. The app will also offer music suggestions based on which musicians the user follows on Twitter, though a Twitter account won’t be required to use the app.
At present, We Are Hunted has ceased to be. RIP. In addition to its role as a music discovery website, We Are Hunted also created four iOS apps Music Hunter, SuperSonic, Pocket Hipster, and Pocket Popstar. All four apps are still available for download on the App Store at the moment, but it stands to reason that Twitter may discontinue them. Like the website, The We Are Hunted app associated with Spotify’s desktop client is no longer working.
Does Twitter Music sound appealing to you? Will it woo you away from sites such as Pandora or Spotify? Personally, I’m sad to see We Are Hunted go, since its Spotify web app was my current favorite way to find new music, but I think Twitter’s partnership with SoundCloud could be a promising way for lesser known acts to gain exposure.