RAIN 5/26: Facebook to launch Spotify-powered music service, reports Forbes
ARRIVING IN “AS LITTLE AS 2 WEEKS,” BUT NOT YET IN U.S.Forbes reports that Spotify and Facebook have partnered to deliver a music streaming service on the social networking website in “as little as two weeks.”
This service will not be available in the United States — only in nations where Spotify is available.
Spotify will be offered as an additional service to Facebook users, who will be able to stream Spotify’s music library via Facebook. As it’s hosted on Facebook, the music service will include some socially-minded features, like “a function that lets Facebook users listen to music simultaneously with their friends over the social network, one of the sources said.”
Forbes says (here) the Facebook-Spotify service will be available in the U.S. once Spotify secures the remaining licensing deals it needs with the major labels.
But TechCrunch disagrees (here). “It is far more likely that Spotify would first launch its U.S. service – probably still several weeks or even months away – and only well after their traction data was gathered think about partnerships with the likes of Facebook or others.”
Still, any placement or promotion of Spotify on the world’s largest social network can only lead to good things for the on-demand music subscription service. And Time argues the deal would help Facebook too (here).
mSPOT ANDROID APP BLENDS CLOUD-MUSIC, STREAMING RADIOCloud music service mSpot has launched a new Android app that recommends streaming radio stations based on your musical taste.
Evolver.fm reports that mSpot creates Pandora-like personalized radio streams based on users’ stored-music “using a homegrown algorithm.” The app also recommends streaming radio stations based on users’ musical tastes. mSpot “indexes hundreds of streaming versions of FM stations from around the country,” writes Evolver.fm (here).
“mSpot tracks what those stations are playing and matches you up with the best ones for you, based on what’s in your locker, what you’re listening to at the moment, and your play history.”
mSpot offers a free 4GB plan and a $4/month 40GB plan.
SF MUSICTECH MAKES AUDIO FROM RECENT GATHERING AVAILABLE ONLINE FREEAudio from the recent SF MusicTech Summit is available to listen to, for free, at SoundCloud here.
The SF MusicTech Summit is a one-day gathering held twice a year in San Francisco, and focuses on the music/technology space. The show is produced by music and technology veteran Brian Zisk and his wife Shoshana Zisk.
The speakers list from the May 9th event included Slacker President/CEO Jim Cady, SoundExchange VP/New Media and External Affairs Bryan Calhoun, MOG founder/CEO David Hyman, Rhapsody president Jon Irwin, the Echo Nest‘s Paul Lamere, Pandora CTO Tom Conrad, and mSpot CEO and co-founder Daren Tsui (among many others).
DAR.FM EARNS GLOWING NYT REVIEWDAR.fm, the DVR-like platform for recording and listening to radio on-demand from entrepreneur Michael Robertson (RAIN coverage here), received a very positive review from David Pogue in the New York Times. “DAR.fm is fantastic, useful, easy to use and free. It’s real TiVo for radio,” writes Pogue. You can read his full review here.
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