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Facebook to Launch Music Service with Spotify

It seems Facebook’s next big thing could be music streaming, as the rumor mill reports it’s preparing to announce an integrated Facebook music service in collaboration with Spotify.

Spotify, a DRM-based music streaming service based in Sweden, launched three years ago in October in 2008 and quickly built up a loyal userbase across Europe. Only available in a select few countries (Sweden, Spain, Norway, Finland, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom), the service allows users to stream an unlimited amount of ad-supported music for the first six months, and 10 hours per month after that. A premium option is available for those who want to ditch the ads and these paying customers can use the service from mobile devices, listen to unlimited amounts of music and avail of higher bitrate streams plus offline access to music. This costs €9.99 per month (just shy of $15).

Originally scheduled for a U.S. launch last year, Spotify is said to be in talks with record labels to bring the service stateside. However, according to Forbes sources, those talks are still ‘ongoing’ and when a deal is reached, Spotify will be launching as ‘Spotify for Facebook’ as opposed to a standalone service. Spotify will appear as an icon on the left of the Facebook news feed, where users are used to seeing the messages and events icons. Clicking that little icon will install Spotify on your desktop and allow users to play songs through Facebook. The service will also apparently include a feature that will allow you to listen to music simultaneously with your friends over Facebook.

If Forbes’ sources are to be believed, Spotify and Facebook could launch the service as soon as two weeks time (though a U.S. launch will have to wait until details with record companies are ironed out). Would you use Spotify for Facebook? Let us know in the comments below!

  • ben850
    fuckfbherp derp
    fixed
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  • back_by_demand
    fuckfbgay. music streaming.......noobish fuckbook users.....
    And

    listen to unlimited amounts of music and avail of higher bitrate streams plus offline access to music.

    Nuff said, not only are you wrong, but the rulebook also says you're a dick.
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  • dioxholster
    I dont get it. Is this for free? do you pay? is it an upload service? how differnet is it to google and amazon's stuff.
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  • back_by_demand
    dioxholsterI dont get it. Is this for free? do you pay? is it an upload service? how differnet is it to google and amazon's stuff.
    the service allows users to stream an unlimited amount of ad-supported music for the first six months, and 10 hours per month after that
    A premium option is available
    listen to unlimited amounts of music and avail of higher bitrate streams plus offline access to music
    This costs €9.99 per month (just shy of $15).

    Again, guys, reading is a very important skill in life
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  • dioxholster
    but still doesnt google and amazon offer this for free? or am i thinking of grooveshark.
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  • back_by_demand
    dioxholsterbut still doesnt google and amazon offer this for free? or am i thinking of grooveshark.So Google and Amazon offers unlimited music downloads for free?
    That's torrents you are thinking of, don't get the two mixed up.
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  • dioxholster
    back_by_demandSo Google and Amazon offers unlimited music downloads for free?That's torrents you are thinking of, don't get the two mixed up.
    not downloads but streaming. whats the point of downloading when everything can be streamed?
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  • sliem
    How can you stream when you have no internet access?
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  • sliemHow can you stream when you have no internet access?
    Better yet..."What good is a phone call when you are unable to speak?"
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  • fir_ser
    Another music streaming service to go global.
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