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Facebook plans to launch a new music-streaming service powered by Spotify in as little as two weeks, according a report by Forbes. The partnership will only be in countries that already have a Spotify presence, which excludes the U.S.
When launched, Facebook users in Spotify-enabled countries — such as Sweden, France, and the U.K. — will see a Spotify icon appear on the left side of their newsfeeds. When you click on the Spotify icon, it will first install the service on the desktop and then let you stream millions of songs for free through Facebook.
Another interesting aspect of the service is the ability to let you and your Facebook friends listen to music at the same time. It could be pretty neat to listen to new music and talk about it in real-time with multiple friends in one online spot.
No money will be exchanged in the partnership, but the deal has obvious benefits for both parties. Facebook will have a popular and well-liked music service, and Spotify will likely see a dramatic increase in new customers.
The Spotify deal isn’t the first time (and likely not the last) we’ve seen Facebook try to add professional media content to its platform. Back in March, Facebook and Warner Bros. worked out a deal to stream blockbuster movies on Facebook.