We have been hearing rumors for a while that Facebook and Spotify will be offering some sort of music service to Facebook users, and now it seems that Facebook has bigger plans for music than just Spotify.However, Facebook’s musical ambitions go beyond Spotify and include other music services and applications. The company is currently working on lining up more partners for the 2011 edition of f8, its annual developer conference, which is most likely to be held in August 2011.
At a the Cable Show in Chicago, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts showed off deep integration with Facebook, that is designed to make television more social, allowing you to share TV shows with your friends.
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.
Facebook’s push for integrating deeply with music services is understandable. The company wants everyone to keep coming back to their website – if they don’t, then they cannot sell the ads they need to keep those revenues growing.
Facebook can obviously see the benefit of offering multiple platforms for music and TV and movies within its platform and according to GigaOm Facebook will feature a music dashboard that will offer a wide range of features, which will include music notifications, recommended songs, tops songs, top albums and more which can be shared with your Facebook friends.