We Are Hunted goes offline after report of acquisition by Twitter

After CNET's report that Twitter acquired the music service, the site goes dark.

The message that greets new visitors to We Are Hunted.
The message that greets new visitors to We Are Hunted. Screenshot by Casey Newton/CNET

Hours after CNET reported that Twitter acquired music service We Are Hunted to build a new, standalone music app, the service was taken offline.

Visitors to the site now get a message saying "We Are Hunted is not available at the moment."

A person familiar with the matter told CNET that Twitter acquired We Are Hunted last year and is using it to build an app, to be called Twitter Music, which could be released on iOS by the end of the month. The app suggests artists and songs based on a variety of signals. The experience is personalized depending on which accounts a user follows on Twitter. Songs are streamed to the app via SoundCloud.

Twitter and We Are Hunted have not responded to multiple requests for comment.

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Casey Newton writes about Google for CNET, which he joined in 2012 after covering technology for the San Francisco Chronicle. He is really quite tall.

 

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