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Facebook and Spotify reportedly linking up

Facebook and Spotify reportedly linking up

The service is likely to be called either 'Facebook Music' or 'Spotify on Facebook'.

Facebook is reportedly on the verge of linking up with music streaming specialist Spotify in order to launch an integrated free music service.

The deal would see Facebook and Spotify hooking up in the countries in which the latter currently operates which, importantly, currently excludes the US.

However, negotiations are currently ongoing to launch Spotify in the states; a process which is likely to be accelerated once Spotify gets the muscle and influence of the largest social media site in the world.

Forbes reports that the integrated service is currently going through testing and, when complete, will appear in the left hand column along with the current icons for photos and videos. This will provide Facebook users with simple access to Spotify’s huge catalogue of music.

A US launch of Spotify has been on the cards for over a year now, but so far an official launch hasn't materialised due to complications with music labels. However, Forbes says the Facebook service will be available in the US once this is sorted out.

Apparently no money is changing hands to secure the partnership, although the benefits to the two parties are obvious; Facebook has reportedly been looking for a music streaming service since 2008, when it reportedly reached out to the likes of Last.fm and iLike. Meanwhile, Spotify will get access to Facebook’s huge user base.

The integrated Facebook service will keep to Spotify's free, ad-supported format, with users being able to upgrade to a premium account for a small fee. However, the service will add the ability for users to listen to music simultaneously with their friends.

Do you use Spotify? Would you like to see the service integrated into Facebook? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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proxess 26th May 2011, 15:42 Quote
LOL@spotty face!
arcticstoat 26th May 2011, 15:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
LOL@spotty face!

We can't take the credit for that - the image was knocked up by Gareth Halfacree on our sister site, Expert Reviews. Glad you like it, though!
mi1ez 26th May 2011, 15:50 Quote
TBH I'm perfectly happy with the current level of integration.
jrs77 26th May 2011, 15:56 Quote
Please link more and more stuff to fatzebook so that it's not needed anymore to go anywhere else, if we want to get any information possible about you and your likes/dislikes/etc with a single click.

God I hate those so called social networks that are nothing else then data-mines actually, preparing for 1984 to become true.
delriogw 26th May 2011, 16:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by arcticstoat
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Originally Posted by proxess
LOL@spotty face!

We can't take the credit for that - the image was knocked up by Gareth Halfacree on our sister site, Expert Reviews. Glad you like it, though!

what's a cree and where can i get a whole one?

i too am loving the pic tho, give the man a cheesecake
r3loaded 26th May 2011, 16:33 Quote
Just what we need in our lives, more Facebook integration in everything :/

Doesn't affect me anyway since I stopped using Spotify after their changes to free accounts.
TheLegendJoe 26th May 2011, 16:46 Quote
I'm a spotify premium user, couldn't care much less about it really, unless there are some new features that really stand out coming along... I'm fine with the spotify inbox for now but I can see how this would encourage more users to sign up and how its a good business venture for spotify at least :P
FelixTech 26th May 2011, 18:02 Quote
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However, the service will add the ability for users to listen to music simultaneously with their friends.

You would think they might add this feature to the main spotify program first >_<

I'm another person who's given up on Spotify due to the changes. This will be a great opportunity for them to get increased coverage and targeting for advertisers, however there isn't too much benefit to the consumer from all this. More ads on facebook woop! :(
SMIFFYDUDE 26th May 2011, 21:33 Quote
I've stopped using Spotify since the introduction of the 5 play cap, and don't care enough about music to pay for it.
kempez 26th May 2011, 23:07 Quote
Spotify Premium is awesome, well worth the money. Sod Facebook though, I won't be using the integrated service.
sotu1 27th May 2011, 10:40 Quote
Spotify = cool, but would be much better if they had more film/game soundtracks.
sdc395 27th May 2011, 11:11 Quote
I love Spotify*, though not enough to pay for it. I do love music enough to pay for it... on CD! Mine forever, and in high-quality, rippable form.

* well, I did, until they ruined the free service with that ridiculous 5-play limit!
InfernoZeus 27th May 2011, 12:03 Quote
Did people honestly expect Spotify to stay the way it was forever? It obviously wasn't going to as it just wasn't financially viable. If you want to listen to music legally, you're going to have to pay for it in some way.
devilxc 27th May 2011, 13:31 Quote
@InfernoZeus
It wasn't free. The adverts were paying for it. Radio manages to function like that, so there is no reason why Spotify had to change.
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