/// Twitter Likely to Kill Its Music App

October 19, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Just six months after launching it, Twitter is strongly considering killing off its Twitter #Music mobile application, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. It is unclear what Twitter’s time frame is for ultimately ending support for Twitter #Music, as the company is currently in the midst of revamping its music department. But sources tell AllThingsD that the app’s fate is nearly sealed. Upon its April debut, Twitter #Music spiked in the App Store rankings , reaching the number six slot in overall free app downloads. But in the months that followed it slipped quickly. Sources say that since that initial surge the app has seen “abysmal” numbers both in iTunes App Store downloads and engagement. As of the end of August, app analytics company Onavo places Twitter #Music at 1672th place in its own rankings. AppAnnie, another analytics service, ranks Twitter #Music at 264 in the iTunes Music app vertical as of October 19. The scrapping of Twitter #Music, when it occurs, marks a clear misstep in the company’s online music strategy, which has lacked direction over the past year. The app was atypically developed in isolation inside the company. It was a sort of skunkworks project led by former Twitter business development leader Kevin Thau, and built by the team behind “We Are Hunted”, a company Twitter acquired to work on music products. Twitter #Music, according to people familiar with its development, was never fully integrated with the overall product team as it was being built. Shortly after Twitter #Music was launched, Thau left the company to become chief operating officer of Jelly , the stealth startup founded by Twitter forefather Biz Stone

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