Music dashboard coming to Facebook?

Jun 20, 2011   //   by admin   //   Media blog  //  No Comments

by David Silverberg

Facebook may soon launch its own music dashboard as it prepares to conquer another media sector.

The social media powerhouse has been talking with music-streaming services such as the European Spotify, GigaOm’s Om Malik writes. It’s unclear which other online music services Facebook is interested in.

The music dashboard will be accessible from a tab called Music found at the left part of your profile, Malik says. “This tab will show up if a user has listened to music with one of Facebook’s partner music services.”

A playback/pause button will be displayed where users find the Chat service now. “Mouse over it and you can see what is playing on whatever service you might be logged into using Facebook Connect,” Malik writes. “It also allows you to play or pause a track once you discover it on Facebook. It is also linked to the play buttons in the news feed.”

Other features Malik predicts the dashboard will include: notifications to let you know what your friends are listening to; an area to hear songs your friends recommend; top songs and albums from your friends; and a page listing all the tracks you’ve listened to and the number of times you’ve listened to each song.

Facebook is expected to announce its music dashboard in August, during its f8 developers conference.

Chris Crum of WebProNews says this music project is in light with how people interact on Facebook. “Musicians are already hosting special events (like paid concert streams) on Facebook. Facebook is where people are talking about music and ‘liking’ all of their favorite artists to keep up to date.”

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