Music makes everything better, and as of today Instagram users from eight countries can add licensed tracks from popular artists to Instagram stories.
Facebook, which owns Instagram, announced the feature today for Android and iOS:
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.
This is the result of ongoing negotiations between Facebook and the music industry. For users, it’s a compromise: you can’t necessarily use the exact song you want, but you don’t have to worry about your Story being taken down.
The feature is available today in Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sweden, the UK and the U.S.A., with more countries coming.