Friday, September 02, 2011

Facebook to launch music service next month with Spotify and other partners

(CBS) - Get ready music-loving Facebook users, the social network plans to launch a music service in September, according to CNBC.

We first learned of the music service rumors back in July when tech blogger Jeff Rose published a snippet of code that looks like a call to download an app called "Facebook Vibes."

Although we don't know if that's going to be the actual name of Facebook's upcoming music platform, we did learn then that the service would let users listen to music from its site.

Facebook Vibes could be music service linked to Spotify

CNBC reports, "a source familiar with the plan" said the service will launch September 22 at its F8 conference.

Facebook will likely not become a music retailer though. Instead, it's probably going to work with music streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and Rdio. "If that's the case, rather than threaten existing music services, a Facebook music platform could actually provide a boost in traffic to those that offer free, ad-supported services," CNBC adds.

So how might this work? "Music services could create a player that would sit within Facebook, letting users hear music without leaving the site. However, the music itself would still be delivered through the third-party service, which users would be required to log in to before listening," the Wall Street Journal points out. "Such players wouldn't be mandatory, [sources] said, so that if a user wanted to listen to a Facebook friend's Spotify playlist, that person might need to switch applications to hear it."

The concept seems pretty awesome and would bring us back to the good ol' Myspace days of discovering music via our friends' personal picks.

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