On 18th Dec, Instagram released a news to announce their latest update – Music in Stories. Starting today, you can now use the questions sticker for music recommendations in Stories or to connect in the moment with people you follow on Live. A new Countdown sticker in Stories also let you count down to exciting events together with your followers.
Connect through music on Instagram Stories
Instagram stories now offer music library, and you can share your favourite song to your story. Whether you want fresh music to get in the holiday mood, or new tunes to get you through the last few weeks of the year, your friends can now help you pick the perfect tracks.
You can tap on the new music icon when you use the questions sticker in Stories. Your friends can reply to your stories by sharing a song chosen from the music library. To listen the songs, you can open the viewer’s list and tap on the Play button. When you share your favourites to your story, you’ll be able to capture a photo or video as the music plays in the background. A new effect in the camera will be displayed in response to the beats and sounds of a song. To use the new effects, tap on the Music icon in the camera and you’ll see the camera capture button.
The music features will be rolling out on the latest version of Instagram for iOS and Android starting on 18th Dec in regions where music library is currently available.
Connect with the people you love on Instagram Live
Question sticker is also available in Live, which makes asking questions more exciting and interactive during a Live streaming.
To ask a question and have it answered Live, go to someone’s story and respond to their questions sticker as you normally would. You’ll see “Q&A” in your stories when your question is being answered in Live. Join the Live video and you’ll see the question they’re answering at that moment. You can go back to their story to ask a question while they are already live and it’ll appear in their questions list. People going Live can also share photos and videos from their camera roll to their Live video, so you can see behind-the-scenes content from the creators you love.
Countdown to your Moments
Countdown sticker is also added in the collection in Instagram Stories. Share your excitement with friends while you count down to a highly anticipated event, like solemnization party, last day of the year.
To add a countdown sticker, swipe up to select from the sticker tray after taking a photo or video in the story. Name your countdown, add an end date or time and customize the color before sharing to your story. After you have uploaded the stories, the same countdown sticker will be stored and can be reused in new stories until the countdown ends. Friends who follow or shares your event will receive a notification when the countdown ends.
Instagram is bringing these interactive features to connect and bring you and your loved one together during the holiday festival. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!