Facebook to Launch New Music Service
Facebook is teaming up with various music servers to integrate music into the site.
It’s no secret that Facebook and Google+ are now going head-to-head for the title of Most Popular Social Networking Site. Now, the innovators at Facebook have taken it to a new level by allegedly planning the launch of an online music service on September 22. Forbes reported this Wednesday based on an inside tip, but Facebook reps have not confirmed the plans.
CNBC elaborated further, stating that the music service will not solely be a Facebook creation. Rather, it would partner with other developers from Spotify. The Spotify icon would appear on the left side of a person’s newsfeed alongside the events, friends, and photos icons. Spotify never confirmed the deal either, with one rep even stating they have no knowledge of it.
If the story is true, Rdio, MOG and other music servers are probably going to be in on the deal as well. Facebook’s approach to involve not just one but a number of high-profile music servers is an incredibly smart business move. By expanding among multiple servers, they open themselves to a larger audience demographic.
Spotify would most likely be the predominant service, and they can all thank Sean Parker.
Anyone who’s seen The Social Network knows the influence Parker has had in Zuckerberg’s company and has been with them since the site began. Parker, the (failed) Napster co-founder, is a huge investor in Spotify.
With this new music service, Facebook users would not only be able to use their digital music accounts to listen to music while on the site, but also file-share with their friends. Whether or not they can buy music through Facebook is still uncertain.
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