Facebook Gets in the Music Game
Posted by T Rex on February 29, 2008
Yesterday Facebook introduced a new music section, that allows bands to create profiles and post their songs, photos and music videos. Some 80 artists have already set up profiles, including Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake and the Decemberists.
The section streams songs though a Facebook Music Player application, and provides links to purchase tracks at the iTunes Store. The company also tapped Musictoday to fulfill merchandise sales
“The service offers a direct challenge to longtime heavyweight MySpace, which hosts more than 8 million band pages. But Facebook users are already accustomed to viewing and interacting with their favorite artists, thanks to the quickly-growing iLike. The made-for-Facebook application currently houses half-a-million bands and nearly 22 million fans, according to figures shared this week.”