Facebook as a Music Destination?

Said to be in talks with several services (not just Spotify)

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Facebook as a Music Destination?
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Earlier this week, rumors surfaced, stemming from a Forbes report, indicating that Facebook and Spotify were partnering on a new music service, though the comments from both companies didn’t seem to indicate that their relationship was changing very much.

According to a report from the New York Times, Facebook is actually in talks with “several online music services” on the development of a tab/widget that would “display a user’s most-played songs and provide an easy way for friends to hear them.” The report cites “two people involved in the discussions”.

Facebook’s official statement on the subject is, “We’re always looking for better ways to help people discover the most relevant content on Facebook but have nothing to announce.”

CEO Mark Zuckerberg is quoted as saying this week, “Listening to music is something that people do with their friends. Music, TV, news, books — those types of things I think people just naturally do with their friends. I hope we can play a part in enabling those new companies to get built, and companies that are out there producing this great content to become more social.”

The earlier Forbes report regarding a Facebook/Spotify partnership indicated that no money would change hands.

It remains to be seen what other services are involved, but there are certainly opportunities for a variety of services to get more heavily integrated with Facebook, and the online music space continues to grow.

Google, a company whose rivalry with Facebook also continues to grow, launched Google Music beta a couple weeks ago (still on an invitation-only basis). Amazon has souped up its offerings with the cloud, and mSpot unveiled a very interesting service this week, combining cloud music storage with Internet radio streaming based on the user’s collection – kind of an mSpot meets Pandora.

Given that Spotify isn’t available in the U.S. it’s good for Facebook users in this country that that’s not the only company involved. We can only speculate that other companies may include Pandora, Last.fm, and Grooveshark, each of which provide free services.

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  • Will

    Facebook’s simply trying to cash in on the websites offering Free music. But that’s what is ruining the industry. Artists offering their tracks for Free downloads are supporting nothing but useless ‘Freeloading’ fans. How is an artist supposed to survive giving their work away Free. Many of the sites like Spotify encourage their artists to post songs in their ‘Entirety’. That’s because they’re afraid to support the artists by giving them real marketing advise, ONLY PROVIDE 30-45 second clips. Once you give it away free there’s no reason for anyone to Buy your music. A real artist spends their whole life practicing their craft, investing in time and equipment then sites like what Facebook is going to push for want them to provide it FREE. If someone is so Cheap they won’t spend 95 cents to download a song to support an artist they simply are nothing but ‘bums’ that really aren’t fans anyway. Ask one of them what they would say if they walked into work one day and their boss said, “I want you to work this week for free to see what you can do” and they’ll piss, moan and whine. Facebook’s only going to support those types of Freeloaders, plus they’re already in the microscope for serious Privacy problems whereas they release and circulate personal information everywhere.

    Facebook has been reported as a ‘Billion Dollar waste of Time’, it’s meant for “kiddies” to talk about their pajama parties. Why on earth would you want to stear visitors ‘Away’ from your own site to send them to a place like Facebook and get lost in their Maze???

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