Instagram Stories music rumors first surfaced back in May and now, the option is available in select countries on the latest version of the app…
Just this May, Ishan Agarwal and Jane Manchun Wong both spotted a potential music-adding code, hidden inside the Instagram app for Android. Since parent company Facebook already has inked licensing deals with Sony, Warner Music, Universal, and some European publishers, it seemed highly likely it would integrate music features into one of its products. Now, that’s happened. In fact, it’s debuting in subsidiary Instagram.
Instagram Stories Music Debuts
Instagram has announced on its blog that it’s giving users the ability to “add a soundtrack to your story that fits any moment and helps you express how you’re feeling.” After all, Instagram Stories leads the pack in this format, with 400 million DAUs or daily active users. (By comparison, the company who invented the format, Snapchat, claims just 191 million DAUs and Facebook Stories has 150 million.)
How to Add Music to Instagram Stories
Of course, the company makes it super easy to add music to Instagram Stories. Simply tap to add a sticker to a photo or to a video. A music icon appears. Tap the music icon to open a song library. Search for a specific song, find tunes by genre, mood, or popularity, and then tap “Play” to hear a preview.
Instagram Stories music also allows users to fast forward and rewind, in order to find the perfect part. What’s more, users can also pick out a song before capturing a snap or video. Just open the camera and swipe over to the new option labeled “Music,” located right under the record button.
“When your friends are watching your story, they’ll hear the song playing as they’re viewing your photo or video. They’ll also see a sticker showing the song title and artist name,” Instagram explains.
The company also states it’s adding more tracks to its library daily.
Right now, Instagram Stories music is available in 51 select countries on iOS, with Android “coming soon.”