Spotify one of many music services pairing with Facebook?

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social_facebook_heart_spotify.jpgRecent rumours have suggested that Facebook’s relationship with music-stremaing service Spotify is set to extend beyond sharing links to tracks on pal’s walls, and instead grow into a fully embeddable music player by the time of the social netowork’s annual developer conference, f8, this August.

However, it now seems that Spotify will not be the only music service getting deeper integration with the world’s largest social network. Gigaom have done some digging to reveal some features of what will be known as the “Music Dashboard”, which as well as supposedly featuring heavy Spotify integration will also show at the very least a “snapshot of all the songs you have listened to on any specific service.”

Gigaom state that:

In the left-hand column, right where Facebook lists Photos, Friends, Places, Groups, Deals, Pages, and Games, you will find a new tab called Music. This tab will show up if a user has listened to music with one of Facebook’s partner music services.

Clicking on this new tab will open a page called Music Dashboard.

The Persistent Playback/Pause Button at the bottom of the Facebook page, where currently you have the chat icon. This button essentially is like a quick snapshot and controller of the music experience. Mouse over it and you can see what is playing on whatever service you might be logged into using Facebook Connect. 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.

A page with snapshot of all the songs you have listened to on any specific service and also your top tracks and the number of times you have listened to those tracks.

The Music Dashboard will have the following features:

Music Notifications: here you have notifications that show if your friends have listened to songs recommended by you or on your profile.
Recommended Songs: You can get a list of songs heard and recommended by your friends. You can also play them back by clicking the play icon.
Top Songs from friends.
Top Albums from friends, with cover art.
Recent listens from your friends.
In the upper-right corner there will be a “happening now” ticker that shows what is happening in your social and musical universe, including songs that your friends are playing. There is some talk that this “Happening Now ticker” would show-up all throughout your music experience and not just on the music dashboard.

With Spotify on the verge of launching stateside after inking a deal with Universal Music, the new Facebook service should be ready just as our cousins across the pond have got to grips with Tech Digest’s favourite music service. But what of the other services headed to Facebook? What will they be? Pandora? Last.fm? iTunes? Soundcloud? Which would you like to see integrated?

Gerald Lynch

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