Instagram, in one of its endless experiments to stay cool, is bringing a new feature that lets users add a song to their profiles, something that used to be quite a popular feature on MySpace.
Social media platforms are constantly trying to make their platforms “engaging” and hip for users. The goal is to be as “zany” and quirky as possible. This is to ensure that existing users stick to the platform and not leave it in search of something more relaxed and get new users on board. Instagram testing features, like adding music to profiles, are aimed to do just that.
Developer and notable leaker Alessandro Paluzzi recently tweeted a few screenshots of the new feature. Per Paluzzi, the quality would appear in your Instagram profile at the bottom of your bio, underneath the links section.
This isn’t exactly a new feature, as we said. This was a prevalent feature in MySpace; for people who don’t know what MySpace was, it was the ‘it’ social media platform to be on back in the early 2000s before Orkut was a thing. Mark Zuckerberg was in the process of establishing Facebook and changing the world as we know it (whether it was for the better or worse, it can be debated).
MySpace famously allowed users to select a background song for their profile. Back then, the feature was a big deal. The ability to publicly express yourself through the medium of a song choice felt completely new-fangled at the time. Your choice of a band or a song for your profile would tell more about you than your profile picture ever could. Think of the music you select as a part of your social media or dating profile bio, but a lot more essential.
According to a statement by Meta spokesperson Christine Pai, the feature is an internal prototype and is not being tested externally. Though Instagram hasn’t rolled out this feature to the public, the social media platform introduced music for Instagram Stories in 2018.