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Facebook, Spotify reportedly eyeing music streaming

AFP, SAN FRANCISCO

Facebook and Spotify are collaborating on a streaming music service at the world’s largest online social network, according to a report on Wednesday by Forbes.

A Facebook spokesman said it had no news to announce on that front, but pointed out cofounder Mark Zuckerberg commenting at the G8 summit that the California company was interested in making the music and film industries more social.

“Many of the most popular music services around the world are integrated with Facebook and we’re constantly talking to our partners about ways to improve these integrations,” the Facebook spokesman said in response to an inquiry.

“Specific to Spotify, we consistently point to their product as one of the best examples of using Facebook to provide people with a rich social experience,” he said.

Facebook members can already use an application to share with friends what songs they are listening to at Spotify.

A Forbes story based on unnamed sources reported that Facebook is testing a service that would allow songs from Spotify’s vast library of music to be streamed to members of the social network.

Facebook is not out to get into music or film businesses but it is working with companies that create entertainment content to make their services more social, Zuckerberg said at a G8 forum in Paris.

“I hope we can help those companies become more social,” Zuckerberg said. “We’re going to see a lot of the transformation in these industries over the next three, five years that we have with gaming so far.”

Titles such as FarmVille by Zynga, made for play online with friends at Facebook, are part of a hot “social games” trend and Zuckerberg said that similar potential exists with news, music and films.

“People listen to music with friends, you read news and discuss it with friends,” he said.

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