Twitter Set To Sing Like A Nightingale With SoundCloud Powered ‘Audio Card’ Streaming

We recognize that perplexed look on your face -- it's the exact same one we had after hearing about there being a Twitter Audio Card. However, it's not what you think. Twitter isn't taking on Creative Labs in the sound card space, but it is introducing the ability for you to be able to listen to audio directly in your timeline on iOS and Android devices.

Audio Card is the name of the service that will allow you to do that. At the outset, Twitter has partnered with SoundCloud to deliver streaming audio from its list of partners, of which you'll find music and podcasts from the likes of Coldplay, CNN, NPR, and several others.

Twitter Audio Card

To use the service, you simply tap to start the audio stream. If you want, you see all the info and artwork in full-screen, or minimize it without interrupting the audio. With it minimized, you can continue to browse and post to Twitter like normal while streaming audio blasts through your handset's speakers.

Though the collaboration is limited to SoundCloud and its partners at the moment, Twitter is looking to expand to include others in the mix.

"We’re just beginning to test the Audio Card and plan to make it available to more partners and creators in the future so that many more musical artists and creators will be able to share exclusive, in-the-moment audio to millions of listeners on Twitter," the company stated in a blog post.

If you're intrigued and want to keep up with this evolving feature, follow @TwitterMusic for updates.