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A CATCH-UP TO FACEBOOK’S MUSIC PLANS..


Daily Mail:

Facebook’s 750 million users will soon be able to listen to music through the site – sharing songs in the same way that users currently share videos, television programmes, Hollywood films and news links.

It’s a move that could put Facebook in direct competition with Apple’s iTunes service – and looks certain to cement the site’s position ahead of Google as the UK’s most popular web destination.

News of the new feature is expected to be unveiled at this month’s ‘f8’ conference on September 22 in San Francisco, an annual event held by Facebook to show off new ‘apps’ and technologies.

Music services partnered with the site are expected to allow Facebook users to listen to libraries of millions of songs directly via the site, without having to install special software on their PCs. Facebook users will be able to listen to huge libraries music directly from PCs in their workplace for the first time…

Digital Music News:

August 3rd, 2011: Facebook releases the ‘Musician’s Guide,’ a 40-page manual for creating a band presence on its network.

August 31st, 2011: RootMusic secures $16 million in second-round funding to further develop its Facebook-focused BandPages product suite.

September 1st, 2011: Roadrunner Records selects FanBridge to manage Facebook pages for its artist portfolio.

September 22nd, 2011: Facebook’s f8 takes place in San Francisco, a likely launching spot for ‘Facebook Music’. That probably includes stepped-up integrations involving Spotify, as well as Rdio, MOG, and others (now or later).

If MySpace Music is dead, then Facebook Music – broadly defined – is still just coming to life! And everyone has something to gain in this game…