updated 02:20 pm EDT, Wed May 25, 2011
Facebook and Spotify may have official deal soon
Facebook may have a pseudo-official music service, according to leaks surfacing on Wednesday. The plan would load both the desktop app but also a direct streaming option through Facebook itself. A social side would exist in the version relayed to Forbes and would allow for friends to listen together.
Prices would likely stay the same and cost either 10 euros or £10 for the Premium service, although the free service would stay.
The deal wouldn't involve cash and would only be limited to those European countries where Spotify exists, such as Sweden and the UK. Expansion to the US would likely bring it over. A launch wasn't confirmed but could come as soon as two weeks from now.
For Facebook, the Spotify link would give it a true, if not directly controlled, music service that it has wanted but been unable to achieve. It has partly counted on iLike's recommendation system and at one point had explored the idea of using Last.fm's Internet radio. The social network hasn't strictly planned to compete with services like 7digital or iTunes but would reduce the incentive to shop at either for those who live on Facebook.