In the latest round of speculation, news and rumors surrounding a Facebook Music announcement this week comes a new lead from a good source. Facebook Music might also include streaming music services SoundCloud, Amazon, MySpace, VEVO and Deezer.
Editor's note: MySpace, iTunes and Amazon are not on Yvo's shortlist, but are still formidable players in the streaming music arena, and can still be considered as a possible participant.
Yvo Schaap has been dissecting many of the streaming music sites and their software, and quickly finding similarities in the their code. They're all starting to feature "meta" information that includes so called "audio bridges" in how they classify things like song, artist name, album etc. Here's the list he's come up with so far of streaming music sites that are probable to be part of a Facebook Music launch:
Those with meta info:
Others missing currently meta info but possible participants:
this supports the "post-music-to-profile feature" that came to light last week that's been described as "connective tissue" to explain the way in which users can share music and playlists. Right now, all of the streaming music services are stand-alone experiences, and Facebook Music looks like it will be a way to share a song or playlist with a Facebook friend in a way that translates to each person's streaming music service of choice.
This means that a MOG user could share a playlist that a Spotify user can open in Spotify. It sounds simple in hindsight, but before now this was not possible.
Back in June, we talked about how a Facebook Music offering would be listed under a tab in the left-hand column of a Facebook page, alongside Photos, Friends, Places (etc.) and would be a "music dashboard" that integrates music recommendations from friends.
Check out more about steaming music sites in the Spacelab Streaming Music Guide.