Instagram now lets users soundtrack stories with thousands of licensed tracks

Instagram has officially announced a new feature that allows users to add music to their stories from a database of thousands of tracks.

This is the product of a major licensing deal between Instagram and the three major labels Sony, Warner and Universal. After teasing the new function last month a small selection of Instagram users, the new announcement today makes the feature available to all iOS users, with Android functionality ‘coming soon’.

The company explained the new feature in a press release: “When you tap to add a sticker to a photo or video in Stories, you’ll now see a music icon. Tap on it to open a library of thousands of songs — you can search for a specific song, browse by mood, genre or what’s popular and tap the play button to hear a preview. When you’ve selected your song, you can fast-forward and rewind through the track to choose the exact part that fits your story.”

Instagram now lets users soundtrack stories with thousands of licensed tracks

Instagram went on to explain what users will see when viewing stories: “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.”

In other Instagram related news, the popular app has confirmed that Instagram Stories now has 400 million daily users, as well as 1 billion monthly users on the app overall.

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