Facebook has been preparing over the last twelve months to improve its mobile apps for a better reason of its users, and the largest social network continues to invest in mobile, as it although has more than 1.0 billion active users, which access the service from one of the company’s smartphone apps. Now, it seems that investment is starting to move across to the world of music discovery as Mark Zuckerberg’s firm starts to roll out a new Music Stories post format with its iOS app.
Launched Music Stories for Newsfeed to better discover new songs or to share tracks with their friends. Essentially a new post format for Facebook, Music Stories integrates with Spotify and Apple Music to provide a 30-second preview of the shared clip ot album hat can be played directly on Facebook itself.
Added new Music Stories post format is an attempt to engage friends and connections in the music that we listen to. By sharing a track from one of the oft-mentioned supported streaming music services, which allows users create an appealing and extremely functional post that looks perfectly at home amongst other post types. Banner that takes pride of place on the image that allows viewers to the post to listen to a song as well as drilling down directly into the app it came from. Format of the song contains the artist and title, as well as the service that is being streamed from.
Like it, then you can click through to buy a track from iTunes, if shared through Apple’s download service, or stream it via Apple Music or Spotify, if you’re a streaming service user or subscriber. Facebook says that it will be added the support for more music streaming services in the upcoming future. The functionality has been rolling out with Facebook for iOS app’s latest update on the App Store, and is currently limited to offering support for.
Apple Music and Spotify, arguably are the two biggest and most popular music streaming services available at the moment. Music Stories from Facebook, in addition to being able to listen to a small preview of the shared tracks, which can also be able to save it directly to their own Spotify or Apple Music accounts without ever leaving the FB experience, as well as go directly to the song on the iTunes store for additional options or to purchase it. Got it?
Creating your own Music Story is as simple as playing a track in Apple Music or Spotify, tapping on the Facebook’s Share option in the app, and copying the link of the track to the device’s clipboard. Head over to the Facebook app, create a new post and paste in the copied URL. Facebook, after doing the rest by detecting the link type, parsing the content and creating the unique post for all connections to see. In fact the Facebook’s new feature doesn’t appear to be active across the board just yet. It’s working for you right now, keep trying to share that great music tracks.
For now, the new functionality is only available in Facebook’s iPhone app and it makes sense that would expand to other platforms very soon, including Android app in time.