Instagram could soon start letting users add music to Stories

Kelley Robertson
May 9, 2018

This means that users will be able to add audible music stickers to their Instagram Stories. However, Wong was unable to post a story with the music sticker.

Facebook-owned Instagram recently added a feature that allows users to make payments.

Instagram is also rolling out Payments feature for select users in United Kingdom and US.

Instagram Stories is one of the most popular stories platforms with over 300 million monthly active users. While the Music Stickers feature hasn't been confirmed, Instagram has confirmed three other big features first reported by TechCrunch and spotted by Agarwal that it initially refused to discuss: Focus mode for shooting portraits, QR-scannable Nametags for following people and video calling, which got an official debut at F8.

There's no confirmation from Instagram at press time on these music features, and, there's always a chance of Instagram scrapping the development of these features and decide not to roll it out. While the app was able to correctly detect the song she was listening to, the app supposedly crashed when she attempted to try out the new "music stickers" feature.

According to a report by TechCrunch, an Android code has revealed that Instagram is testing a way to search and add songs to posts.

Interestingly, it does not seem to be using Shazam for music recognition.

New "music stickers" will let Instagram will let users search for and add a song to posts, thanks to recent licensing deals with record labels and music publishers made by Facebook. How the system will function exactly, is not clear yet, but adding a Music Sticker to your video will likely play a clip from the song you've selected as background music to the video. The social media giant now has music licensing deals with Sony, Warner, Universal and European labels.

A new track identification service was also found buried in the code, meaning Instagram could soon display a track's name and the artist behind it. Instagram Stories now supports videos that are only 15 seconds long, and it is not clear how it will pick song for the story.

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