Facebook partners up with Spotify
In the latest Facebook update they have partnered up with a variety of media companies in an effort to bring multimedia – videos and music, to Facebook. However here comes the slightly unusual, bad news (for some), theese features will only be rolled out to Latin America and Canada, for the time being anyway.
Possibly the most popular partner, Spotify, will be available all over the world including the US and UK. This announcement was expected and allows Facebook users to see what their friends are listening to and also allows them to play songs via Sportify using a Play button on Facebook.
Using the new Music Dashboard you can see which songs are most popular amongst your friends, an idea that is now thought of as ‘trending’. This data will also be available on a ticker bar on the right hand side of Facebook pages.
Spotify users will also be able to comment about songs they’re listening to and add pictures if they want to. This new deal will definitely bring more Spotify users from Facebook and expand on the music social networking scene.
Daniel Ek, CEO and and founder of Spotify tweeted:
“Today is a big day for music!”
Spotify are not the only music company to partner up with Facebook, with the likes of MOG, Rdio and Rhapsody also integrating with Facebook. It is thought that this deal will change the way we listen and buy music.
In addition to these music apps, Vevo, Hulu and Netflix have partnered with Facebook to bring their video content to Facebook. Netflix will only be open to Canada and Latin America to start with, however.
Along with these multimedia apps, news apps will be released and so will TV apps. These new apps will be in communication with the new Facebook ticker bar on the right hand side of the page, allowing your friends to see what you actually watch and listen to! However Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, did say that he doesn’t want to clog up people’s time lines and only artists/songs that are popular amongst your friends will be on your time line.
It will be interesting to see how these new media tools fare on Facebook and whether the uptake will be as high as thought!