Facebook Announces ‘Listen With’ Application, Turns Platform Into Giant DJ Booth

Filed as News on January 12, 2012 2:39 pm

Facebook Listen With Feature

Fans of Turntable.fm will soon have a similar offering to take advantage of through the Facebook platform. The social network on Thursday announced “Listen With” a new feature that allows users to access a personal chatroom where they can share songs with their Facebook followers.

Tunes are picked up from Spotify and Rdio at this time and the program integrates with real-time sharing technology which was introduced to the Open Graph in September.

Unlike Facebook’s current offering which allows users to see what their friends are listening to and then play them the new program picks up and plays songs right where they are currently streaming. For example if a friend is half way through a song and then changes to a new tune you’ll be taken along with them to the new track.

As Facebook puts it in their blog post the program makes it so that “when your favorite vocal part comes in you can experience it together, just like when you’re jamming out at a performance or dance club.”

Facebook says the Listen With feature will start rolling out over the next few weeks and users will find it by locating the music note in their chat sidebar. By hovering over someones name you’ll then see the “Listen with x” button.

The program has been setup so multiple people can listen to one person’s music while an entire group can chat together.

Will you be trying out the Facebook Listen With feature when it arrives or sticking with Turntable.fm?

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