Instagram has announced that it is introducing music stickers in Instagram Stories, allowing you to give any moment a soundtrack.
With over 400 million people using Instagram Stories every day, music can really play an important role in how those people share their moments and express themselves. Music can better help someone express how they feel, and Stories are all about expression after all. So now, Instagram is introducing music to Stories through an ever-growing library of songs and music stickers.
The way it works is simple. Tap to add a sticker to a photo or video in Stories. If you’ve got the right Instagram update (version 51) and you’re in one of the select countries you will now see a music icon there. Tap on the icon to open a music library with thousands of songs. You can either search for a specific song or just browse – by mood, genre, or popularity. You can also preview a song, by fast-forwarding and rewinding as necessary, to get the right part that goes with your Story.
Instagram says that you can also choose a song before capturing a video. Simply open the camera, “swipe to the new ‘Music’ option under the record button” and search for a song. Same as above, you can pick the part you want to use, and then record your video as the song plays. Perfect for lipsyncing, I imagine. The ability to choose a song before capturing video is only available on iOS for the moment.
Friends viewing your story will hear the song playing, but they can also find out what song it is from the sticker displaying its title and artist name.