TechCrunch on Facebook Music: The Great Music Unifier

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A source for TechCrunch has handed them a little more info about Facebook's planned new role as music's connective tissue. In a nutshell, you'll be able to share what you're streaming across whatever service, be it MOG or Spotify, you use. That's huge.

The new service—rumors have it as Facebook Vibes—will essentially Last.fm-style scrobble your listened-to tracks from their partners MOG, Spotify, and Rdio, and slap the information on your feed. Your friends can then listen to that same song on whatever streaming service they choose. It'll be totally app agnostic; you needn't sign up for Rdio if you're totally enamored with Spotify, and vice versa. There may be some songs lost in the mix due to differing partner catalogs, but if Facebook does this right they effectively turn into the greatest song discovery service ever and then some. Music will be part of the conversation in a way that it wasn't before.

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There's still no word on how the service will look or what other feature it may include, be it listening parties a la Google+. Everything is rumored to be debuted at the upcoming f8 conference later this month. I think this will be my reason to really use Facebook again. [TechCrunch]

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I already have this. Its called Last.FM. I've had it since 2007. It already works with MOG, Spotify and Rdio, as well as The Hype Machine, my own music, and anywhere else that uses the Last.FM API. Unlike Facebook, I can find people based on my music preferences and be friends with them, where as on Facebook, adding random people is creepy, especially since all your data goes out into the wind with new friends.