updated 12:10 am EDT, Thu September 22, 2011
Facebook music to have track sync with friends
Facebook's music service launching tomorrow will have a unique live social listening option between friends. Creative director Ji Lee briefly tweeted and promptly pulled word of a "listen with your friend" feature in the ticker, which was just added to Facebook on Wednesday. In mentioning that it was "live," he implied that users could click a currently active song and at least launch the same song in a valid subscription service, if not sync it to the same time marker.
In a matching Facebook status update, he also left an example of how the music service will present tracks. Along with giving the song and artist, in this case an incorrectly formatted "Black and Blue" by Miike Snow, it should let listeners graft on a status update at the same time.
The new feature, which will be unveiled at Facebook's f8 conference, is expected to indirectly unify many streaming music services, such as MOG, Rhapsody, Rdio, Soundcloud, and Spotify. It won't have a unified player but will eliminate the need to subscribe to a given service for friends to share music between each other. Conspicuously absent will be pay-per-track services such as Apple's iTunes or Amazon MP3, most likely because Facebook couldn't expect most users to buy the same track.
Much of the content is expected to revolve around the theme of read, watch, listen and could provide a similar effect for some video services and content publishers. [via TechCrunch]