Social Music Sharing Service Coming To Facebook
January 16, 2012

Social Music Sharing Service Coming To Facebook

On Thursday, Facebook revealed a new feature that would allow members of the social network to listen to music together, fittingly dubbed "Listen With Friends."

According to a Saturday report by Asian News International (ANI), the new service will allow members of the social network to "rock out" to the same song as one of the people on their friends list, via the same website at the same time. ANI reports that it will essentially allow a person to act like a DJ for their friends by accessing tunes at an online music service such as Spotify or Deezer.

"Listen With Friends" was initially rolled out for Spotify users on Thursday, according to Josh Constine of TechCrunch. Support for Rdio was expected within the next couple of days, and Facebook announced plans to add more music service partners in the near future, he added.

The service is a part of Facebook chat, so a person must be online in order to utilize it. When a fellow user is listening to a song, a musical note will appear next to his or her name in the chat sidebar and the news ticker, Constine said. As long as both members belong to the same music service, one can mouse over another's name and then click on the "Listen With" button to hear the same song.

TechCrunch says that as many as 50 friends can all listen to the same song together.

"Music is one of the most powerful and fun ways to connect," Facebook product designer Alexandre Roche wrote in a January 12 blog post. "Whether it's at a concert with a bunch of people or on a long car ride with your best buddy, we love listening to music with our friends. But what if you could listen to music with your friends when you're alone, like at work, at home or on the go?"

"Today, with music services on Facebook, there's a new way to listen with friends. This feature lets you listen along with any of your friends who are currently listening to music. You can also listen together in a group while one of your friends plays DJ," Roache added. "You can listen to the same song, at the exact same time–so when your favorite vocal part comes in you can experience it together, just like when you're jamming out at a performance or dance club."

When a user begins listening to a song, that information will be noted in all of his or her friends' tickers and/or news feeds, PCMag's Angela Moscaritolo said, though users will be able to control who can see when they are using the "Listen With Friends" feature through their App Settings page.

The feature will become available to all Facebook users "over the next few weeks," she added.


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