[ Our very basic mock-up of what the Facebook Music landing page could look like. ]
Rumors of a Facebook Music platform announcement at its upcoming f8 developer conference in San Francisco gained even more momentum following a CNBC report. However, Spotify and Rdio -- among Facebook's most likely partners, since it appears Facebook isn't licensing music itself -- are maintaining their silence about any possible deal that could involve them. (No surprise there.)
"I'm afraid we don't comment on rumour or speculation - and there has been a lot of that lately," a Spotify spokesperson told LAUNCH via email. "We have a good relationship with Facebook in that we have an integration on Facebook Platform that has been valuable in terms of driving engagement with the Spotify service."
A Rdio spokesperson told LAUNCH almost the same thing.
"There is nothing for Rdio to share at this time. As soon as there is news to announce, we will let you know."
Reports say that Facebook will announce partnerships with companies like Spotify, Rdio or Pandora to stream music through their free ad-supported services, instead of hosting the content or becoming a music retailer itself like iTunes.
In May, Forbes reported a service with Spotify could be launched in as little as two weeks -- and there's no deal yet although Spotify launched in the U.S. in July.
According to a global Nielsen survey released in April, 57% of people in the previous three months consumed music by watching videos on a computer. Additionally, 26% streamed music on their computer and 21% on their phones.
YouTube recently relaunched its music page following a settlement with the National Music Publishers Association [ see our story ].
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