Instagram currently accounts for a billion active users, and 400 million of these have a keen interest in Stories, arguably the most popular of the brand’s innovations. The company is striving harder to maintain these amazing numbers in growth and is already adding new elements to Stories.
In case you missed it, the company has introduced a new way to make Stories more engaging and entertaining with music stickers. Instagram music stickers will let you add a soundtrack to a story before or after you’ve recorded a video. Instagram also added the option to select a song to play before you start recording a video. Let’s look at how this works:
How to add music stickers to a story
For you to add music stickers to a story, record a video or take a photo to share to your Stories as you normally would. On the editing page, tap the Sticker button on the top right. In the sticker tray that pops up on the bottom half of the screen, you’ll now see a Music button on the second row.
Tap the music button, and you can either type in the name of a song to search at the top of the screen; browse through a list of popular tunes; or browse by Mood or Genre as available below the search bar. A button to the right of each song title lets you hear a preview.
Once you’ve selected a song, you can fast-forward or rewind within the track to find the exact clip you want to play during your story. You can position it in your story as you would a normal sticker. The sticker shows the artist name and song name.
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How to add music to a video recording
Open the camera, and then swipe to the new Music option listed beneath the record button on the compose screen. From here, you can search for a song, pick the part you want to play, and then record a video while the song plays in the background of your recording.
Instagram says it has a library of thousands of songs, and it plans to add new songs on a daily basis. Instagram music stickers are rolling out in version 51 of the Instagram app on iOS and Android. For now, the ability to choose a song before capturing video is an iOS-only feature, though.
Instagram has made lot’s of headlines of late. From reaching 1 billion users in the last week, support for longer videos in IGTV, to adding more features to its service recently – including group video calls, and an improved Explore tab. With the new Lite app, probably the next billion users will be those that haven’t ever shared a photo on the web yet.