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You can now add a soundtrack to your Instagram stories

Instagram is making it very difficult to stay away

Ujjainee Roy @UjjaineeRoy 29 June 2018, 1:30 PM
Insta soundtracks have all the options from Bruno Mars to Dua Lipa

Insta soundtracks have all the options from Bruno Mars to Dua Lipa Image: Instagram

Brace yourself for all the Insta-guilt that's coming your way because you will now spend way more time on Instagram than you already do. The social network service has introduced a new feature that will let you add soundtracks to your Instagram Stories.

Kind of like making your own music video — with Rihanna singing in the background.

Instagram Stories — the short-form video feature of Instagram — will now let its 400 million users access a huge music library and pick a song to go along with their Story. This move is reportedly a result of Facebook's recent licensing deals with major recording labels such as Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Artistes, including Demi Lovato, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Stevie Nicks and Guns N' Roses, are part of Instagram's music library. You can add music to your post with the new Music sticker — you can just drag and drop it on your posts and then choose the background song you like.

"When you tap to add a sticker to a photo or video in Stories, you’ll now see a music icon. Tap on it to open a library of thousands of songs — you can search for a specific song, browse by mood, genre or what’s popular and tap the play button to hear a preview. When you’ve selected your song, you can fast-forward and rewind through the track to choose the exact part that fits your story," Instagram writes in its statement.

When your followers see your Story, they will also hear the song you added and they will see a sticker featuring the song name and the artiste. According to a TechCrunch report, the artistes will be compensated for the use of their songs. 

Instagram will also let users pick a song before recording their video, and this feature could prove to be a major competition for the lip sync apps out there. Basically, the user can choose a song and can choose the particular snippet they want playing in the background and then record the Story.

You'll need the latest Instagram version (51) to use the music feature and add soundtracks to your Stories, and it's currently available only in select countries for now. The feature is yet to be available in India.

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