Instagram adds life to 'Stories', users can now add soundtracks

Emmett Rice
June 29, 2018

It's also possible to choose a song before capturing video.

Instagram has just announced a brand new feature that will make it to its mobile apps starting today, Music in Stories.

When friends see the story, the song will play automatically. If you're into Instagram Stories, you'll now be able to add music to them if you own an iOS device.

Users will now be able to add a soundtrack to their story, selecting a track from a library of thousands of songs.

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Meanwhile, Instagram has confirmed that Instagram Stories now has 400m daily users, up from 300m in November. From there you can search for a song, select the part you want, and record a video as the song plays in the background. Tap that to bring up a library to search for the ideal song or browse by mood, genre or popularity. This resolves a common user complaint regarding the inability to record an Instagram story while playing music from another app.

The song will become available as a sticker, much like GIFs or locations are added on Stories now.

The feature is now available only in a few selected countries and Instagram is working towards launching the feature in more countries. On iOS, you can even choose a song before shooting photo or video by scrolling to the music option on the Instagram camera.

Instagram's Stories are a personal feed of photos and videos users can add to, which then disappear after 24 hours.

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