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Facebook launches real-time music discovery feature

on September 22, 2011, 2:36pm

facebook Facebook launches real time music discovery feature

After months of rumors, Facebook today announced details of its new music feature. As part of a major overhaul to its profile pages and news feeds, the social media giant will allow its 800 million users to share and discover music in realtime using its new ‘ticker’ feature. Essentially, a user can connect their music service of choice — Spotify, Rhapsody, VEVO, Turntable.fm, etc. — through Facebook and then display the song they are currently playing in their ‘ticker’ feed. Other users will see these results in their own ‘ticker’ and if they so choose, and are also connected to the respective music service, they can listen along to the song in realtime. “The key to music isn’t blocking songs, it’s to discovering more music than you’d ever thought you wanted to buy — through your friends,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained.

This real-time sharing doesn’t just end with music though as Facebook will also allow users to share and discover videos (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) and news stories using their ‘ticker’ feed. For more on this and all of Facebook’s new features, check out CNET’s detailed live blog of f8.

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Drew
September 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

This only kind of makes sense. How many people on your feed incessantly post links to songs on YouTube because they want to share music? However, there is a huge difference between that and linking up with your Spotify account. What if I am listening to a new album just because it came out? It doesn’t mean I like it. This sounds like the Last.fm “tickers” that you’ve seen on MySpace pages and message board signatures for years. No one cares about that crap. At least MySpace let you select a streaming track from a band to post on your page. Why not have something where you can make a post, write a description about it, and include a little Flash player for people to stream it? Is that so damn hard?

mephisto
September 22, 2011 at 7:56 pm

facebook is well on the way to become the next myspace, they “innovated” themselves into oblivion as well. Facebook has the arrogance to want to become “the internet” , the only service you’ll need on the web. I don’t see anything positive about any corporation getting that much power and influence… and that is: IF their illusions of grandeur would work. But they won’t. Not a chance. 

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