Facebook and Free Music

music service?  Probably not, as it’s more likely that music services will offer an App within Facebook users can use.  (There’s a difference.)  Facebook’s strategy is still to become the world’s leading platform utility for the sharing of media.  In any case, it does look like some kind of free streaming model may be offered in the near future, via a number of partners. Will consumers use a music service through Facebook?  That’s hard to answer, but my gut instinct tells me mass adoption is unlikely.  The most successful consumer products and platforms often integrate some combination of 1) ultra-simplicity in usability and design, and 2) some element of “wow” factor that’s new and unique.  Integrating a great user experience like Spotify into Facebook risks cluttering and complicating it.  It also places template-driven restrictions on design that can lessen the likelihood of a “wow” experience.  Why not just use the ‘native’ version of the service? I’m not saying it’s impossible, but I am saying it’s going to be quite a challenge solving both problems above.  Music service developers will need Facebook guidance and flexibility to create a well-integrated experience, or the offerings may fall flat.  That’ll be challenging, as the Facebook Profile, Wall, News pages are already cluttered with quite a few actionable modules and calls-to-action. Further, if multiple music platforms are launching simultaneously, how differentiated can they really be?  All said, I’m excited to see where everything lands. What do you think — will music services sink or swim in Facebook?]]>





5 responses to “Facebook and Free Music”

  1. jason soundproofing Avatar

    It's quite funny to hear the comment "Call me old-fashioned but I listen to music on my iphone)"

    Call me old-fashioned but old fashioned means CDs, vinyl and cassettes. Even MP3s.


    Facebook music? Not for me really.

    1. GarageSpin Avatar

      Jason: Heheh, I was kind of being sarcastic, I guess. 🙂 It seems new ways to listen to music spawn monthly. So much so, it's hard to justify a paid subscription to anything. But still, I might consider something like a Spotify, some day. CD sales are declining, but are still MASSIVE, and will be around for quite some time yet.

  2. Tech News Avatar

    I don’t normally comment on blogs.. But nice post! I just bookmarked your site

    1. GarageSpin Avatar

      Thanks, Tech news! (Your comment is suspiciously vague, non-relevant, and spammy, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and assume you're being genuine. 🙂 )

  3. david Avatar

    I think the new facebook which is the timeline offers music. I would rather listen to music coming from my radio or from itunes. I like the old facebook -simple. I have a site though that promotoes music if you are interested. 🙂 http://www.beatscore.com/promotion-music.html

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