The music/tech rumor mill has been grinding away - not yet sated by the release of cloud-based music services from Google and Apple. The most recent grist? Facebook.
In May, Forbes reported that Facebook was working with music subscription service Spotify on an integrated platform that would allow users to listen to tunes via Facebook.
Both companies declined to confirm the rumor. In fact, at the eG8 forum in Paris, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also implied that there's no such deal, stating: 'We don't have the DNA to be a music company or a movie company.'
Now, however, GigaOM is reporting that Facebook has been reaching out to several online music services - not just Spotify - and that the next f8 developer conference (which will likely take place in August) will center on music.
Here's how GigaOM outlines a possible music service:
* A new tab titled 'Music' will appear on the left-hand column of Facebook for those who listen to music via one of Facebook's partners.
* Clicking on that tab will open a 'Music Dashboad,' which will feature music notifications (if your friends listen to songs recommended by you or featured on your profile), recommended songs (which you can listen to in-Facebook), top songs from friends, top albums from friends (with art), what your friends are listening to and a 'happening now' ticker.
* 'The Persistent Playback/Pause Button' will show up where your chat icon is located. This is basically your music controller and will show you what music you're listening to via any music services you may be logged into via Facebook Connect.
* You'll also have a page that shows all the songs you've recently listened to, as well as top tracks and play counts.
Again, these are all rumors right now. GigaOM doesn't name any of its sources or the specific services that Facebook is allegedly in talks with. As we know from rumor magnets like Google Music Beta, many things can change from the whisper stage to actual conception.
Still, if these rumors turn out to be fact, this could be just the final push the social network needs to become the new location for band promotion and music discovery.
Author: / Posted: 21-06-2011