In the run up to last year's big Facebook Music launch, which included streaming music sites like Spotify, MOG, Rdio and Rhapsody; there was talk about how all of these would tie into a massive Facebook Music player that would allow a simultaneous listening experience to happen. For whatever reasons unkown to the masses, the Facebook Music player was scrapped before the f8 conference and never mentioned again. Until now.
It's the same experience that MySpace TV announced last week at CES. This will be a big trend in 2012 ... the simultaneous media experience for music or video that combines social media for a real-time conversation experience by people in different places. This has been happening on Twitter for a long time now (like the Lana Del Rey SNL appearance over the weekend) in which Twitter users either loved or hated the Lane Del Rey performance, but there was a big shared experience going on via Twitter. The Facebook Music player wants to capture that, within the small circle of your Facebook friends. They're calling it "Listen With Friends."
"Look for the music note in the chat sidebar to see which of your friends are listening to music. To listen with a friend, hover over their name, and click the Listen With button. The music will play through the service your friend is using," reads the post on the Facebook blog. So this combines Facebook music with the Facebook news feed and chat features. You could even get creative and start listening parties ... it'll be just like Turntable.FM was last Summer, but on Facebook, and only with your friends. Expect the Facebook Music player, or Listen With Friends to be launched in phases over the coming weeks. As PCMag points out, only Spotify and Rdio are participating right now, but we can expect more services to sign on the future.
Check out more about steaming music sites in the Spacelab Streaming Music Guide.