Citing code found inside Instagram’s Android app, a report by TechCrunch is claiming that a new “Music Stickers” feature is coming soon to the photo sharing social media platform, that will let users search for and add songs to their Instagram Stories, thanks to Facebook’s recent licensing deals with some major record labels.
“TechCrunch was tipped off to the hidden music icons and code from reader Ishan Agarwal. Instagram declined to comment. But Instagram later confirmed three other big features first reported by TechCrunch and spotted by Agarwal that it initially refused to discuss: Focus mode for shooting portraits, QR-scannable Nametags for following people, and video calling which got an official debut at F8.”
Looking at the code, it seems there is an unreleased “Search Music” feature built inside the Instagram app, right beside the location and friend-mention sticker search options inside Instagram Stories. These “music overlay stickers” can be searched using tabs for “Genres”, “Moods”, and “Trending”.
It would be great if viewers could tap through the sticker to hear the song or check it out on their preferred streaming service. It must however be kept in mind that Instagram can change the feature before it’s launched, or even scrap it all together.
Should Instagram debut the Music Stickers feature soon, it would make Stories a lot more interesting to watch, and with the right score, it could even make amateur video footage look like pro. The feature could also give the teen lip syncing app sensation Musically a run for its money.