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Facebook looks to up is music game with new features

Facebook will be happy to see 2018 disappear, what with all the data leaks, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and stalling growth (Canada, the US) and a falling number of subscribers in Europe. Maybe what the company needs are some new music features.

  • You can now add music to your stories as well as your regular newsfeed posts.
  • If you share a photo or video, you can tap a “music sticker” to search for a song. When you find something you like you can make that the soundtrack to your visual media.
  • The Lip Sync Live feature now makes it into Canada. Artists are already using it to debut new songs. Lyrics will be added across all songs soon.
  • Your profile will soon contain a new section called Songs. That’s where you can list the songs you’re currently listening to as well as your all-time favourites.

All this adds up to more data about you for Facebook to crunch. Heaven knows what that might mean.

Facebook needs a refresh. Only 51% of American teens are on the platform, which is down 20% over the last three years. Monthly visits are down to 4.7 billion from 8.5 billion in two years.

(Via Digital Music News)


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