New Instagram feature allows you to add music to stories

File photo: Silhouettes of the mobile users to see next to a projection screen of Instagram logo in this photo illustration March 28, 2018. (REUTERS/dado Ruvic)

Instagram stories about getting a lot more musical.

The Facebook-owned social media app just launched a new feature as part of Instagram version 51 with which you can easily add a soundtrack to your story.

“Instagram Stories is now used by 400 million every day, and we are delighted to offer our community in new ways to feel closer to their friends and followers,” Instagram wrote in a blog post.

To try it out, to begin with creating a story, as usual, to press the smiley button at the top of the screen (the same as you would tap on add a sticker). From there, you will see a new music icon; tap “open a library of thousands of songs” to choose from.

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“You can search for a specific song, browse by mood, genre or what’s popular, and then tap the play button to hear a sample,” Instagram wrote. “When you’ve selected your song, you can fast-forward and rewind through the track to choose the exact part that fits with your story.”

When your friends and followers view your story, they will hear the track playing in the background and a sticker with the title of the song and the name of the artist.

On iOS, Instagram is also adding a new “Music” option under the record button (next to Boomerang, Superzoom, etc.) you can select a song for recording a video. With this option, you can “search for a song, select the part you want, and record a video while the song plays in the background,” Instagram wrote. The company is planning to expand this feature to Android at some point “soon.”

Meanwhile, Facebook recently introduced a feature called Lip Sync Live that lets you lip sync to songs of forever favorites …to new hits” during live broadcasts.

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