Remember the days of MySpace when instead of writing some big long post about your innermost hopes and dreams, you could just attach a song to say it for you? Well, pretty soon Facebook will have something similar — they're launching a new music feature that will allow you to post and share 30-second clips of songs from your IOS to your wall via Apple Music or Spotify, with other streaming platforms to be added on as options down the line. How's that any different from, say, just posting links to songs from YouTube like everyone's been doing all along? These 30-second clips will be previews that play directly on your FB wall — then if you want to buy the full song, you click through to do so. So it cancels out the middle man between "oh, I like this thing so and so posted, I'm gonna Google the lyrics," to just being one click away from snatching it up. Make sense?
We’re introducing “Music Stories” today to enable better music discovery and sharing on Facebook. The new post format...
Facebook product director Michael Cerda wrote a blog post about it saying "We hope by making this experience better, artists will share more, friends will share and engage more, and music will become a better part of the Facebook experience overall."
Aside from their new music feature, it was reported over the summer that Facebook might also be launching it's own streaming service, similar to Tidal, Spotify, Apple Music, etc. Support your local music stores while you can, folks. They're gonna be gone like a turkey in the corn sooner than you think.
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