Facebook's Big Music Plans

Posted by Drew Stoga on June 20, 2011

Facebook MusicDespite some recent reports that seemed to indicate that Facebook's popularity may be slipping, the social media giant still seems invincible in many ways. While Facebook has steadily grown into a household name, it's original rival, Myspace, is now living on borrowed time. The one thing Myspace ever had over Facebook was music and that is about to change.

Unlike Myspace, Facebook originally launched without a music player. This helped make Facebook faster and cleaner but it was always clear to musicians and fans that something was missing. Yes, there are any number of Facebook apps to help you get your music onto your page - but even that was never enough.

For some time the rumor has been that Facebook had plans to jump headfirst into the music business. With all the buzz circling the new role's that companies like Google, Apple and Amazon are taking in the industry - it seems like the perfect time for an aggressive move into music.

Yesterday GigaOM.com published an intriguing article outlining Facebook's music plans. Among a number of other interesting tidbits was this revealing info:

"In the left-hand column, right where Facebook lists Photos, Friends, Places, Groups, Deals, Pages, and Games, you will find a new tab called Music...Clicking on this new tab will open a page called Music Dashboard."

The article goes on to detail that this dashboard will display songs and albums recommended by friends as well as a ticker letting you know what your friends are currently listening to. So if you are worried about your buddies finding out that you've been listening to Ke$ha - you better keep your guilty listening habits offline.

It also seems that Facebook will be partnering with Spotify.com, among others. It's interesting to hear that Facebook even needs to work with these smaller sites, though it is probably a testament to how seriously Facebook is taking the move.

Time will tell how interested people are in sharing their listening habits. Judging from how willing people are in sharing every other detail of their lives - my gut is telling me this won't be a problem.


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