Facebook will likely launch a music service in concert (sorry! couldn’t resist!) with Spotify in a matter of weeks. The social networking site is expected to announce the service at its f8 developer conference Sept. 22.
According to a report Wednesday by Forbes:
The integrated service is currently going through testing, but when launched, Facebook users will see a Spotify icon appear on the left side of their newsfeed, along with the usual icons for photos and events.
Clicking on the Spotify icon will install the service on their desktop in the background, and also allow users to play from Spotify’s library of millions of songs through Facebook. The service will include a function that lets Facebook users listen to music simultaneously with their friends over the social network, one of the sources said.
Streaming music service Spotify started being offered in the United States in July. You can already link Spotify to Facebook to see your friends’ music in the People window — but that’s info vs. real music.
One feature fluidly integrated into Spotify from the get-go is social sharing. If you’d like to get sonically social, look for a Facebook logo the right-hand side of the window. By linking Spotify to Facebook, you’ll be able to see your friends’ music in the People window, below your account name in the upper right corner. Love a song? Right click it and choose the “Share to…” link to pull up your social network options.
Facebook, noted The Next Web, has been “relatively late to the music service game, which now has representatives from most of the other major players including Google Music, iTunes Match and Amazon Cloud Player.”
A hub-like service that gave people access to their favorite streaming service from right inside Facebook would be a departure from the strategy of its competitors, who are all aiming to allow people to store music in the cloud and play it back.
Does the idea of streaming music from within Facebook appeal to you? Or do you think the social networking site is getting too far afield from what it should be?