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Facebook apps to use iTunes, fight MySpace?

updated 11:15 am EDT, Tue October 9, 2007

Facebook & iTunes

The popular social networking site Facebook is working on a music platform that would put it in direct competition with MySpace, while linking it with iTunes, say several anonymous sources. While MySpace has long been used as a venue for promoting bands, thanks in part to items like a built-in music player, Facebook has kept to a more utilitarian approach, only allowing minor applications such as iLike, which shares iTunes playlists and links to free MP3s. iLike would be incorporated into the new promotion platform, but the format would also allow sampling from iTunes, and ultimately buying tracks directly. Aesthetically band pages would retain the current Facebook style, as opposed to the custom and often visually dramatic looks of MySpace sites.

The operators of Facebook must reportedly finish negotiations with music labels before the service can start. Also in the works is the required agreement with Apple, though in some circumstances artists and labels may choose to sell tracks through their own services, rather than accept a middleman.

Links between Apple and Facebook are a recent phenomenon, having gained attention when Facebook developed an iPhone version of its website, which would later figure prominently during the keynote introduction of the iPod touch. Apple CEO Steve Jobs used Facebook as a demonstration of the Touch's Wi-Fi web browsing abilities.




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  1. sputschic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Apple adopts PC culture

    Facebook is the beige of social networking sites: bland as h***, sterile, corporate. Five years ago I'd have expected them to partner with Microsoft, but I have to admit, in these end times that find hordes of PC users jumping on the bandwagon to call themselves "Mac users," I'm not surprised to see this partnership with Apple in the works. It's just further evidence of Apple's sellout to PC users and PC culture. The Mac is *so* over.

  1. Beechlady

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Yeah RIGHT.

    "Mac is so *over* "

    And your iPod will self destruct in 10 seconds. Sheez, gimme a break. Valley Girl references are so *over*.

  1. Beechlady

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    P.S.

    Oh yeah, you must be a Zune user...roflmao

  1. sputschic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    @beechlady

    Angry about being called out as the bandwagon-jumper you are, I see?

  1. soslack

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Sputschic has no idea..

    Hah! Facebook is bland and sterile? Corporate?

    You mean it's tidy and efficient, and looks pleasantly simple?

    Meanwhile, Myspace looks like somebody vomited. There is no site worse than myspace, with its ridiculous profiles, and hideous theming system. Worst idea, ever.

    It makes sense for Facebook to jump onboard the iTunes train, since its users are predominantly students, who are predominantly iPod owners.

    Don't be a hater just because others have found the joy of Apple/Macs. Else, go back to your basement with your Apple Lisa machine....honestly...

  1. - - e r i k - -

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    iLike

    iLike (the most used FB music app) already links songs to iTunes.

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