September 01, 2011, 12:59 PM —
Facebook's f8 developer conference on September 22 will host the launch of a new feature to let users listen to music from within Facebook (Mashable). Rather than hosting a music streaming service directly, Facebook will stream content from third party partners. Tops of that list are Spotify, MOG, and Rdio.
Of course, modern browsers make it easy to stream music in one window will tending Farmville crops in another. But Facebook has hung out the welcome sign to bands jumping off the sinking MySpace ship. Even better, if your favorite music streaming provider is easy to access within Facebook, that means more Facebook time.
The majority of the noise, however, is against this new integration.
Why doesn't Facebook invest in App development for mobile and/or desktop operating systems? There's a lot of potential in the "app" marketplaces (See, Angry Birds). Meanwhile music services are just the same old crap.
RH00D on techspot.com
This makes zero sense to me. Who will pay the licensing fee for the music? If it’s Spotify, wouldn’t they want people being exposed to ads on their website rather than on Facebook?
catullusr1 on gigaom.com
Great news for me
Facebook should fix the music player for artists first.
Juan on gigaom.com
Its all about the subscriptions. No ad revenue for Spotify, MOG, Kazaa, Rdio – just a warm introduction to tens of millions of potential subscribers. A small cut to Facebook that is in line or below their average SAC is a no brainer.
JW on gigaom.com
Will streaming music tempt you to spend more time on Facebook?