Instagram stories get soundtracks

Facebook-owned service Instagram announced a new feature that allowing users to add background music to their posts on their Stories, with thousands of songs offered directly in the app (including actually popular music by artists like Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato, and Maroon 5).

“You can search for a specific song, browse by mood, genre or what’s popular and tap the play button to hear a preview,” the company said in a blog post. “When you’ve selected your song, you can fast-forward and rewind through the track to choose the exact part that fits your story.”

Users can also pre-select a song before recording a video, which then plays in the background while the clip is being recorded. This makes it possible for users to record lip sync clips and mini music videos — a feature that’s been extremely popular on Musically.

The selected song would also come with fast-forward and rewind options for users to choose the exact part of the song that fits their story.

“Instagram ‘Stories’ is now used by 400 million every day, and we’re excited to give our community new ways to feel closer to their friends and followers,” the statement added.

The music features are now available now in “select countries” (presumably based on where Instagram could get the license to music), but Instagram is presumably working to roll it out to more places soon. The music sticker feature rolls out today for both iOS and Android, but the ability to choose music before recording will be limited to iOS for now, with Android devices getting the option soon.

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