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Rumors started back in July that Facebook was preparing to launch a new music streaming service. This new platform is expected to be officially announced on September 22 at Facebook’s f8 developer conference in San Francisco. This service will allow users to listen to music for free without leaving Facebook.com.
Facebook will not directly stream the music itself but rather rely on partners to provide the musical content. These partners would supply music platforms from their server to play on an embedded music player on users Facebook page.
Currently Facebook is initialed partnered with three third party music service providers, Spotify, MOG, and Rdio. Similar to “liking” a Facebook page these companies will be allowed to publish users’ activity on their Facebook pages. Facebook is expected to partner with more companies in the future.
It appears that Facebook’s music platform will be a way for users share a song or playlist with Facebook friends. Playlist and song can be shared from one streaming music site to another. This music platform will make it easy for users to discover new artists based upon ones that their friends have “liked.”
If Facebook launches globally it will be providing more than 750million people with free music. Although it is possible for this service to fail, it seems highly unlikely. Who doesn’t love free music?
It is rumored that Facebook will not only provide music streaming, but also allow movie and video game streaming services as well. Currently a limited number Warner Brothers and Miramax films are available to rent via Facebook. However these limited number movie rentals don’t even compare the number of movie rentals that Netflix does.
One big question is how will this affect the future of Netflix?