Facebook is giving the 1.2 billion people who use Messenger every month a handy way to share music. On Tuesday, the company unveiled a brand-new Discover tab for its popular chat app — giving users the ability to interact with third-party bots seamlessly while chatting with friends.
Calling the experiences “inherently social,” Facebook says the new Chat Extensions will “enable multiple people to chat with the same business at the same time. If you are excited to share the newest song you love, you can now add a bot directly in a group thread and share the conversation and experience with your friends.”
Providing the music in that dream scenario will be a bot from Spotify. During a conversation with friends on Messenger, you’ll be able to click the + button (home of shortcuts to bells/whistles like GIFs and payments, etc.) where a Spotify icon will live once you add it. Clicking on that sends you to a field where you can search for and select songs to then embed directly into the convo.
“Music on messenger is going to be a big thing this year,” said David Marcus, vp of messaging products at Facebook, at the F8 conference on Tuesday. Marcus also added that Apple Music will be on the platform “soon.”
Other partners with Chat Extensions include TheScore, OpenTable, Food Network, NBA, Wall Street Journal and Kayak, with more on the way.
Meanwhile, Spotify announced on Wednesday that it is expanding its Spotify Premium for Students program to 33 additional countries around the world. The new territories where university students can purchase Spotify for half price now includes France, Australia, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands and more.
The student discount already exists in the U.S., the U.K. and Germany.