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Facebook will soon know what you’re listening to

Social network launches music and TV discovery service
Thu May 22 2014, 11:44

SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook will soon know what you're listening to, having launched a Shazam-style audio recognition feature.

Facebook announced the feature in a blog post on Wednesday, touting it as "a new way to share and discover music, TV and movies".

We'd rather describe it as a way for the social network to bug your smartphone's microphone, as the feature sees Facebook recognising what music you're listening to - whether it be "your favourite Beyonce track" or Breaking Bad on your TV - before adding the information to your Facebook status.

The feature is clearly aimed at those who don't think they share enough information with the social network already, and those who aren't so keen on the idea will be able to avoid it, with Facebook claiming it's "optional".

Facebook product manager Aryeh Selekman said in a blog post, "In the last year, people shared more than 5 billion status updates that included these kinds of feelings and activities, sparking conversations with friends in a more visual way.

"Today, we're making those conversations quicker and easier by introducing a new way to share and discover music, TV and movies. When writing a status update - if you choose to turn the feature on - you'll have the option to use your phone's microphone to identify what song is playing or what show or movie is on TV."

Facebook noted that when the feature has rolled out, users will see an audio icon moving on the screen when writing an update, and if Facebook finds a match you can choose to add the song, TV show or movie to your status.

"If you share music, your friends can see a 30-second preview of the song. For TV shows, the story in News Feed will highlight the specific season and episode you're watching, so you can avoid any spoilers and join in conversations with your friends after you've caught up," Selekman added.

Facebook's music and TV identification service will arrive as an update to its iOS and Android apps in the "coming weeks" with an initial launch set to take place in the US.

Facebook will soon want access to your camera, too, with the social network reportedly set to launch a Snapchat competitor named Slingshot later in the year. µ


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