Music has always been social, and Facebook has made several moves to work music into its social media mix. Its latest effort is called "Listen With." Facebook on Thursday rolled out a new feature that essentially opens up a chat room where music lovers can share songs.
"Music is one of the most powerful and fun ways to connect. Whether it's at a concert with a bunch of people or on a long ride with your best buddy, we love listening to music with our friends," Alexandre Roche, a product designer at Facebook, wrote on the company blog. "But what if you could listen to music with your friends when you're alone, like at work, at home or on the go?"
Let Friends DJ
Listen With aims to answer that question with the new music service. As Roche explained it, the 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. Facebook has inked deals with several different music services, including Spotify, MGO And Rdio.
"You can listen to the same song, at the exact same time," Roche said, "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."
Here's how it works: Just look for the music note in the chat sidebar. There you can see which of your friends are listening to music. If you want to listen to music with a friend, hover the cursor over their name and click the "Listen With" button. Instantly, the music will play through the service your friend is tapping.
"When a new song plays, you'll come along for the ride, discovering new music while your friend DJs for you," Roche said. "You'll also have the option to chat about what you're listening to. As other people start listening along, they'll join the party in a group chat. You can control who you're listening along with through your settings."
Ads in Your Newsfeed
Meanwhile, Facebook started displaying ads in your newsfeeds. The ads are marked "featured." Facebook had originally planned to use the term "sponsored."
"Since people can see marketing messages from both pages they have and have not Liked elsewhere on Facebook, we want to make it clear that marketers can only pay for stories to be featured in your news feed if you have explicitly liked the page," a Facebook spokeswoman said in a published statement. "And because you are always connected to your friends, we are also labeling stories from your friends that have been paid to be featured in your news feed as 'Featured' to keep things consistent."
Posted: 2012-01-18 @ 10:06am PT
I think it's a good idea. Instead of going on YouTube and looking up songs or getting your iPod out, now you can stay on Facebook and still listen to your songs.
Posted: 2012-01-18 @ 10:04am PT
I agree, people are switching things up on there too much. In the future people will stop using it completely.
Posted: 2012-01-18 @ 10:03am PT
That is pretty COOL that you can listen with your friends at the same time while you're on Facebook.
Posted: 2012-01-18 @ 5:50am PT
i think that the new thing that facebook came out with is kind of cool - that way while you are chatting with a friend they can listen to the same music and be on facebook at the same time!
Posted: 2012-01-18 @ 5:49am PT
I think they should quit trying to change Facebook all together, it's going to end up just like Myspace: Forgotten about. Soon, people will be finding a new social network.