Report: Facebook & Spotify To Launch Streaming Music Service

We could soon be listening to Spotify within Facebook, according to reports from sources close to the deal.
Forbes is reporting that the integrated service is going through testing, but when it drops (in as little as two weeks), Facebook users will see Spotify’s icon appear on the left-hand side of their newsfeed. Once you click on the image, the service will be installed on your desktop, allowing you to listen to Spotify’s catalog via Facebook. Users will also be able to listen to music with friends via Facebook.
One downside, though, should this service come to pass: It will only be available in countries with access to Spotify — tough luck, U.S.
Forbes also reports that a Spotify spokesperson claimed not to know about the new music deal with Facebook. “We have a Facebook integration. We’re continuously working with them to make that as good as it can be. But that’s the extent of our relationship,” the spokesperson said.
Spotify tells us that it continues to work with Facebook on its integration, but didn’t confirm the rumor of a partnership.
“We have a good relationship with Facebook in that we have done an integration on Facebook Platform that has been valuable in terms of driving engagement with the Spotify service,” a Spotify spokesperson tellsMashable, referring to the music streaming service’s use of Facebook Connect. “We’re continuously working together to make the social experience on Spotify the best it can be and welcome relationships with any company looking to innovate by building more social value into the user experience.”
Facebook also tells Mashable there’s nothing new to announce.
“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. 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,” a spokesperson tells us.
At the eG8 forum in Paris on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also implied that there’s no such deal.
So we have to take this news with a grain of salt. Remember that rumor that Google was partnering with Spotify? That ended up being false.
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