5 Billion Songs Shared on Facebook So Far

With talk of Facebook’s bazillion-dollar IPO the talk of the financial world, it’s worth noting that since song sharing was introduced back in September, five BILLION songs have been shared by users.

This has the attention of the music industry.  They’re talking about something called “frictionless sharing” at the MIDEM conference going on now in France.  Decoded, that means apps that interface with Facebook on some level and share your activity without you doing anything.  Or controlling anything.  Or even knowing about it.

How might “frictonless sharing” be co-opted to benefit labels, publishers, rights holders and the artists themselves?  And what will the Facebook user get out of it?

Read more here.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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