Facebook, could be readying a music service of its own. A relationship between social network Facebook.com and music streaming service Spotify has been blossoming for some time now, with Spotify's "People" module incorporating Facebook friends using the service.
Facebook today announced a strengthened partnership between the two companies, revealing plans for a Facebook music service which'll integrate elements of Spotify as well as a number of other music partners which it's reportedly set to give more details on at its annual F8 conference in August this year.
Spotify already allows you to share the information about the song that you're listening to on Spotify with Facebook friends, but the next level of integration is going to be much deeper. And it won't be just Spotify -- as Facebook has been reaching out to other online music services and much of the attention at f8 should be focused on music. Facebook Connect and Facebook Likes are key components of this effort.
The new service dubbed "The Music Dashboard" will appear in Facebook in a number of ways. The first of which being a "Music" tab alongside the current News Feed, Messages, Friends etc that sites on the left hand side of the page. The tab will only appear if you or your friends are listening to music with one of Facebook's partner music services. This tab will open the Music Dashboard in a new page.
The second appearance will be at the bottom of the page where the chat box currently is. There will be a "Persistent Playback/Pause Button" that'll show you what's playing on the services you're logged in to (via Facebook Connect). As the name suggests, you'll also be able to play and pause songs from here too.
The actual Music Dashboard is set to have a number of different features including a "happening now" feed that shows what your friends are listening too, music like Last.FM's friends "listening now" element. It'll also include recommended songs, notifications of things like friends listening to recommended songs, highly voted songs and albums from friends, and recent listens.