By Rob Waugh
September 5, 2011
Facebook’s 750 million users will soon be able to listen to music through the site – sharing songs in the same way that users currently share videos, television programmes, Hollywood films and news links.
It’s a move that could put Facebook in direct competition with Apple’s iTunes service – and looks certain to cement the site’s position ahead of Google as the UK’s most popular web destination.
Music services partnered with the site are expected to allow Facebook users to listen to libraries of millions of songs directly via the site, without having to install special software on their PCs. Facebook users will be able to listen to huge libraries music directly from PCs in their workplace for the first time.
It also seems highly likely that at least some of the music available via the site will be entirely free – and that users will be able to buy music via the site, a move that pitches Facebook head-on against Apple’s iTunes.