Hidden code in Instagram's Android app revealed a big new music feature

  • Instagram may be adding a feature that lets users add music in the background of their Stories.
  • Facebook has recently made licensing agreements with the major records, making a music service possible.

Your Instagram Stories could soon have a soundtrack featuring your favourite songs.

Instagram is prepping a new feature, called Music Stickers, that will allow users to search for a particular song and add a “music overlay sticker” – or a clip of a song in the background of their Story, according to a report in TechCrunch on Monday.

The report cites hidden code for a “Search Music” feature in Instagram’s Android App which TechCrunch says could allow users to search for a song and add it to their Stories. The details of how exactly the music feature would work are unclear, but the code seen by TechCrunch shows search tabs for “Moods,” “Genres,” and “Trending.”

Instagram declined to comment to Business Insider.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, has inked deals with the largest record labels – Sony, Universal, and Warner -making a full-fledged music service possible for the platform. Though it remains to be seen how exactly people might use Music Stickers, this could mean trouble for Music.ly, a widely popular app that lets users make videos of themselves singing along to popular songs.

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