With the momentous news coming out of f8 about Facebook Music, it's been a momentous day for the future of digital music. And it's ending with a bang: Tonight in San Francisco, Sean Parker is hosting an exclusive party that sources tell us will feature performances by the Killers, Jane's Addiction, Snoop Dogg and Kaskade.
There will also be a panel with key music VIPS including Spotify's Daniel Ek where they will discuss the future of music and social media.
At press time, f8's was still in full swing, although Facebook's two-hour-long presentation had wrapped. In it, the company announced that it's added a new feature that allows certain music services to integrate into the service so that as users of those services listen to music, that activity is automatically noted on their respective news feeds. The full list of services supported have not yet been fully revealed, but Spotify's Ek significantly took the stage to showcase the new feature's functionality.
¨Facebook will list every song listened to, radio stations streamed and albums heard once giving it permission to do so. Something Zuckerberg called "real-time serendipity." It saves users from having to actively "like" any particular artist, song or album. It happens automatically. "You're going to discover all the things your friends are doing around you, right now," he said.
Users can control what they share, and who will see it. What's more, friends can then stream the same music from their friends' profiles in real time. During the demo, only Spotify was showcased. And while it wasn't made clear, it appeared that other users would need to have Spotify installed as well to stream music from their friends' feeds. There was no mention made of being able to stream the same songs from other music services, the notion of "content resolution" that has been rumored to be a key feature of what Facebook is offering.