Facebook To Let You See What Music Your Friends Like & Listen Along

Posted September 22

f8 has just begun and some music news has already surfaced: Now, you’ll be able to easily see what friends are listening to (and to listen along) thanks to a deeper integration with apps like Spotify, Facebook’s new “Timeline” feature and the social network’s new Open Graph.

Timeline is a kind of scrapbook for Facebook, a newly designed layout of all of your activity over time. In addition to pics, updates, etc, Timeline also displays app activity in a much more specific way. Now, users won’t be prompted to share everything that they do, all the time, via Facebook. Thanks to the new Open Graph, users can now share app activity without constantly having to give permission.

On stage at f8, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated how music subscription service Spotify will now interact with the social network thanks to this change. Instead of having to click “share” on songs etc, if you allow it, Spotify will now publish all activity to Facebook. (Zuckerberg only demonstrated Spotify, but Rhapsody, MOG, Rdio, Soundcloud, Earbits, Vevo, Slacker Radio and Songza will be integrated as well.)

Smaller activity, like listening to a song, will appear in your friends’ newly added “Tickers,” while larger happenings, like making a playlist, will appear in the their newsfeeds. Your friend will be able to listen to songs in-line on Facebook and “Like” your activity. You can also check out friends’ timelines to see their top artists and songs.

“People discover music through their friends,” said Spotify founder Daniel Ek at the conference. “In the old days, we would go to each other’s houses and browse their record collection. Until recently, that wasn’t possible online.”

Now, Zuckerberg and Ek hope that users will be able to find more music through friends, and, consequently, buy more jams.

What do you think? Will you share all your musical activity via Facebook? Or do you want to keep the fact that you just listened to Lit 10 times in a row under wraps?

Image courtesy of Flickr, Andy Buscemi

By Brenna Ehrlich