Instagram ‘Music Stickers’ Now Available to Give Stories a Soundtrack

Back in May, a report surfaced that suggested Instagram was working on an idea to bring music to Stories, basically adding even more content to what’s already become one of the platform’s most popular features.

Turns out that was indeed the case. On Thursday, Instagram officially announced that it is adding music to Stories, and it works in much the same way that so many other customizable elements work on the platform: stickers. You can just tap on the section that adds a sticker to a story, and you’ll see the new “Music” option.

Instagram says they already have a library that consists of “thousands” of songs, and you will be able to search by genre, mood, a specific song, or by what’s popular at the moment. You can even tap a play button to preview the track before you add it to your story. Finally, you can fast forward or rewind to find the perfect spot you want to add, rather than adding the whole song.

Instagram is also adding the ability to add a song even before you capture a video:

“You can also choose a song before capturing a video. When you open the camera, swipe to the new “Music” option under the record button. Search for a song, select the exact part you want, and record a video as the song plays in the background.”

As you might expect, when someone views your story, whether it’s a photo or video, they will hear the music you selected playing as they watch. There will also be a visible sticker that they can see the artist and song title as it plays.

Instagram says it’s adding new music every single day, and the new music sticker is available beginning today in version 51 of the app. However, it’s worth noting that the ability to choose music before you record a video is iOS-only for the time being. Android support for that feature is “coming soon”.

Our Take

Instagram says that Stories is now used by 400 million people every single day, so it makes sense that the platform is shoving features into it. What do you think about the inclusion of music? It should certainly make for some interesting creations.

[via Instagram]