by Briana Campbell (@MsMatchGirl)
There have been a lot of rumors swirling about that Facebook and Spotify, the amazing European music service, are talking merger or buyout or partnership. Something. Yesterday I read an article in Gigaom that detailed some of what’s happening behind those rumors.
Facebook, not satisfied with dominating the social worlds of online gaming, news and retailing is taking a big step into that, perhaps, most social of activities – media consumption. And it goes beyond Spotify. The Facebook Music Dashboard will allow users who are logged in to one of many music services (via Facebook Connect) to not only share what they are listening to with their circle of online friends, but to see which of their friends took their suggestion or shared it with their circle.
The Next Web supposes that because Facebook, using their open platform, will make their money off of sales and signups via various and differed partnerships with music companies, they will be not be limited to an exclusive partnership with Spotify (or Pandora or whomever).
It only makes sense for Facebook, the most social of social places on the web, to take advantage of such an intrinsically social human activity. And as we become a more and more constantly connected society, it will be interesting to see the evolution of this service – what people do with it and where people take it.
What do you think? Are you psyched for the Facebook Music Dashboard? Or are you going to be too embarrassed to let your Facebook friends know you’re listening to nothing but Taylor Swift and the Biebs?