Facebook Integrating Song Samples from iTunes and Spotify
Facebook today announced a change to its iOS app that it hopes will help people discover more music. Facebook users will now be able to share Music Stories, which are 30-second snippets from shared songs or albums. Track samples shared from Apple Music, iTunes, and Spotify are streamed directly within the Facebook app, but users can click through to the respective service to stream the entire song or add it to their own library. Facebook said it hopes to add more music services to its Music Story feature over time. Music Story is available in a new version of Facebook for iOS, rolling out today. Facebook didn't say if it is working on a similar feature for the Android Facebook app.
Facebook Wants People to Share More Videos
Facebook is prepared to ease the process of creating compelling video posts with your pictures. The company today said it plans to relocate the Slideshow feature built into its Moments app and drop it into the main Facebook app for iOS.
Spotify and Facebook Create Playlist Mashup In Messenger
Spotify and Facebook have rolled out a new tool they believe will make listening to music more social. The tool, called Group Playlists for Messenger, lets people create and build Spotify playlists together within Messenger.
Facebook Messenger Takes a Shot at Snapchat with 'Days'
Facebook is updating its Messenger application with disappearing stories that behave similar to those of Snapchat and Instagram. The feature, called Messenger Day, lets people create short stories made up of photos and videos and then share them with their Facebook friends.
Facebook Wants Albums to Become Destinations
Facebook is rolling out a change to its Albums tool in order to make them more social. Moving forward, Albums can store not only photos, but also videos, news stories, status updates, location check-ins, and more.
Facebook Debuts App Dedicated to Notifications
Facebook today announced Notify, an app meant to help deliver timely notifications about news, happenings, and goings-on directly to mobile devices. The app lets people follow what it calls "stations" across a broad range of categories, including sports, weather, trailers, news, and so on.