Keeping Track of Facebook’s Music Services So You Don’t Have To

If you’re keeping score, Facebook plans to launch sixteen music services.  So far, seven of them are live and are now integrated with Facebook.  

Let’s go through them all:


Earbits:  An interesting “pay for play” concept.  In the world of terrestrial radio, this is called “payola” and is illegal.

iHeartRadio:  Streaming music service from Clear Channel

Slacker Radio:  Streaming music service (available in Canada).

Songza:  A sharing app for mixtapes on the web, iPhone and Android (not available in Canada.)

Spotify:  Streaming music service (You can try, but it’s not legally available in Canada).


Still to Come

AudioVroom:  A “multi-user Internet radio station.”  Coming soon, apparently.

Deezer:  Streaming music service (not available in Canada).

Mixcloud:  Interesting offering of radio and DJs.

MOG:  Streaming music service with a social component (not available in Canada).

Rhapsody:  Streaming music service.  They just bought Napster.

Rdio: Streaming music service.  My current favourite.

SoundCloud:  Think of it as YouTube for audio.  Brilliant

TuneIn Radio: Streaming music service that connects you to terrestrial radio stations and more.  Social music app (not available in Canada).

Vevo:  Major label-owned music video service.w

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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.

2 thoughts on “Keeping Track of Facebook’s Music Services So You Don’t Have To

  • October 4, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Rdio is my favourite too (mostly because it is one of the few available in Canada). It does seem to connect with Facebook already, but doesn't actually post your listening to the ticker and wall yet. At least not in Canada.

  • October 5, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I've used Slacker for 18 months now, on my BlackBerry and now Android phones. Slacker has a large number of pre-programmed channels plus you can build your own. I really like how it automatically caches 100 songs/channel overnight while on WiFi at home so that you're not using data while listening to it the next day.


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