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Is Facebook Launching a Music Service?

by Emily Price | June 20, 2011June 20, 2011 7:20 am PDT

Would you use a Facebook music service? According to GigaOm the company may be integrating a music service into its existing site, allowing you to listen to tunes while you check out pictures from your friend’s latest trip to Hawaii.

Based on pitches made to music companies, the service would add a Music tab to the left-hand column on the site where you currently have Photos, Places, Groups, and Friends choices. Clicking on the Music tab will open a special Music dashboard where you can see music recommendations from your friends, what the tops songs and albums are right now in your social circle, and what songs your friends are listening to right now.

Play/Pause buttons will also be integrated into Facebook itself, allowing you to start and stop tracks while you’re browsing from a button at the bottom of the page in the same general location as the chat feature now.

Several music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora already allow you to share what you’re listening to on Facebook. It doesn’t seem like that much of a stretch for Facebook to want to further integrate that experience. While Apple’s Ping service definitely crashed and burned, Facebook already have a network full of people who are used to sharing details about their lives, adding music into the mix would likely be considerably more successful than it was for Apple.

What do you think about the possibility of Facebook integrating music into the site. Would you want to share your top music with your friends? How about stream music directly from Facebook?

Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...