My fellow Canadians! Our time has finally arrived!
No longer do we need to receive the dreaded (i.e., irritating) pop-up when watching the fun, musically-filled Instagram stories of our international friends.
Instagram first introduced the feature on June 28, 2018 in certain countries… meaning we’ve been without this feature for over a year and a half! I think as Canadians, and being so close to our U.S neighbours to the South, we’ve become a little used to receiving features either at the same time as them, or not too terribly long after, but a wait of a year and a half seems incredibly long… so why did it take so long?
Why it Took so Long to Get the Feature
In using content that doesn’t belong to you on social media, it’s important that you have permission from the creator to use it. This is why it took so long for Canadians to have the ability to use Instagram music, in an article by CNBC, they acknowledge that Instagram needs to have the correct licenses in order to be able to play this music. This is also why the feature was muted for regions where the feature wasn’t available.
Essentially, it took way longer for Instagram/Facebook to conduct their legal proceedings in Canada so that they would be able to obtain the correct licensing. In doing so however, Facebook and Instagram worked with Canadian artists to ensure that our own artists can receive the recognition they deserve with access to a rich library of Canadian-made music.
How Do You Use It?
I took the liberty of making a short screen recording showing you how to use the feature here.
- Open the Instagram App on your device
- Tap on your stories to add a new story
- I decided to use an old video I took at the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada this summer, so I clicked on the bottom left corner to open my photos app
- You can always choose to start a new video using the Instagram camera and add music to it afterwards.
- My video was a little long, so I decided to delete the second portion of the video, as it didn’t add much overall. I then muted the sound in my video, but this step isn’t necessary.
- Now, you’ll want to click the button at the top of your screen, that looks like a little square with a smiley face on it.
- A new screen will pop-up, and from here you can choose the “music” option in the second row.
- You can then search for the song you want, my video is of sharks, so I decided to use the Jaws theme song. You’ll notice that when I click on the song I want, there is a little pop-up that says “lyrics aren’t available for this song” – the song I chose ultimately has no lyrics, but if you chose a song that does, here’s what would happen:
- The lyrics are helpful when you’re looking for a certain part of the song, as you will see in the next step, when you scroll through, the lyrics will display what part of the song you’re currently at, making it easier and simpler to find the desired section of the song you’re looking for.
- The lyrics will show on the screen, giving you 4 different options in how to display them.
- The first option has the individuals words of lyrics pop-up on the screen as they’re said in the song and emphasizes certain parts in bigger writing.
- The second option is sort of like a typewriter that has the individual words of the lyrics appear typed on the screen as they’re sung in the song.
- The third option displays one line of the song at a time as they’re being sung.
- The fourth option is similar to the third, but it displays the line of the song that came before and after the current line, with the current line displayed in white, and the other 2 lines grayed out.
- Next, I swiped through the options for how the cover art for the song will be displayed in the story. Right beside these options is where the lyric options will also be.
- I then scrolled through the song using the bar at the bottom to try and find the part of the song that I wanted to include in my story.
- Once I was happy with the section of the song I had, I clicked on “done” in the top right corner, and then as you can see, I was able to move the display of the song around the screen to anywhere I wanted it.
- Once you’re happy with the placement of it, you can hit “Your Story” at the bottom left of your screen to add your new video with music to your story!
Are you guys excited to finally have this feature?
Please share if you have any other tips and tricks for using Instagram Music!
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