Facebook on Thursday announced music stories, a feature in iPhone app that allows users post a links
Source : LifeHackerto music they like with comments .
When you click the link it comes up with a 30seconds preview of the music. The music is either streaming from either Apple music or Spotify. The listeners can then buy the song online or save it to their account.
Facebook is planning adding other streaming services to the feature. Facebook has not said if it would offer the music store in its Android or windows Phone apps.
Subscriber who use the music store can perform more things than paste a link. They can add commentary and remarks as well.
The music store is part of Facebook’s News Feed, it can be used by artist who want their works to reach more fans.
Spotify spokesperson Marni Greenberg said Spotify users have to sign into their account on the service and grant Facebook permissions the first time they use the Music Stories feature.”Spotify is not putting up and/or serving any content on Facebook,” she told TechNewsWorld. “Users are explicitly sharing content.”Participating in Facebook Music Stories “provides Spotify listeners with a more engaging and simple way to listen to, discover and share music they love,” Greenberg said.
Musicians can sell their music directly through Facebook, or through services such as CD Baby, which has its own Facebook page.
Music Stories “gives musicians more exposure and won’t be a problem because the number of musicians who are successful at selling on Facebook constitutes a very small group in a very large universe,” said Susan Schreiner, an analyst at C4 Trends.
Music “is one of the top five applications for Facebook,” remarked Russ Crupnick, managing partner at MusicWatch. “You have a significant number of Facebook followers engaged with music artists, following them and talking about them.”
Apple and Spotify can only benefit from Music Stories, he told TechNewsWorld, because “when you have the kind of audiences that Facebook does, the ability to create some linkage between people and Apple Music, which is really just getting started, and Spotify, which has a few years under its belt but can still grow its audience, is very valuable.”
Facebook had about 1.5 billion monthly active users in the second quarter, according to Statista.