SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter said it
acquired the emerging music
software firm We Are Hunted,
amid reports that the popular
messaging platform was readying
its own music service.
"Welcome to Twitter!
@wearehunted," a tweet from the
company said late Thursday.
San Francisco-based We Are
Hunted was launched in 2007 in
Australia, and allows its users to
follow emerging music trends and
artists. Its software continuously
updates lists of top music around
Neither company indicated plans,
but the We Are Hunted site
strongly hinted the deal means
Twitter will be launching a long-
rumored music application.
"There's no question that Twitter
and music go well together," a
statement posted on the
wearehunted.com site said.
"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. We wish we could
say but we're not yet ready to
talk about it. You'll hear more
from us when we are."
For now, the existing service will
be shut, the statement said.
The Dow Jones-owned website
AllThingsD said the music service
could be launched as soon as this
weekend at Coachella music
festival in California.
The report said users will be able
to listen to clips of music from
inside the app, using third-party
services and watch music videos
from Vevo, which is operated by
Universal Music and Sony. —