Instagram Music rolls out, Facebook launches similar feature: How to use1 min read . Updated: 17 Sep 2019, 11:45 AM IST
- The feature lets you select the segment of the song you wish to use in your story using a slider along with the font style, size as well as the colour of the lyrics
- Instagram Music is restricted to Stories and cannot be used with Instagram posts as of now
Facebook-owned Instagram has started rolling out a new feature called Instagram Music on all platforms. The functionality helps users tag song lyrics and snippets to their Instagram stories. The feature was previously rolled out in the US in June 2018, but has made its way to India only now.
Instagram Music can be found in the stickers drawer.
To use the new feature, update your Instagram app to the latest version (v220.127.116.11.119). You can check this in the app's description in the Google Play Store or Apple's App Store. Next open the app, swipe right and a create a new story by clicking a picture or tapping on 'Create' to make a new text story.
Once you're done with that, you're required to swipe up or tap on the sticker icon. You will then find a new icon that reads 'Music'.
Tapping on this will let you choose a song of your choice that you can link to your story.
You can then select the segment of the song you wish to use in your story using a slider. It also lets you change the font style, size and colour of the lyrics.
Once you're satisfied with you selection, you can tap on 'Done' on the top right corner. You can then resize the lyrics and place them in area of your choice to suit the aesthetics of your story.
The feature is only available on Instagram stories, not posts.
The song library features a plethora of Indian songs as well as some popular international numbers.
The feature is not just restricted to Instagram—it is also available on Facebook. To check it out, create a new post with an image or video on Facebook. You can then tap on 'Edit' icon hovering on the bottom left corner of the media you have chosen. Then tap on stickers and there you should find an icon called 'Music'. This works the same way as Instagram Music.
Facebook, in March this year, announced a partnership with Indian labels including T-Series Music, Zee Music Company and Yash Raj Films. Facebook at the time promised its users that it would let them include their favourite music in videos, messages, posts, stories and other creative content. The year-long wait for the arrival of Instagram Music in India seems to be due to this reason.