Facebook Pumps Up the Volume with 'Listen with' Feature

In Facebook’s never-ending quest to get you to stay on its site even longer, the site has rolled out a new feature for music services on the social networking site. Now, when those music statuses appear on your newsfeed, clicking on their name will pop up a window with a button to “Listen With” that friend. Making it even more fun, you’ll start the music at the exact same point, essentially allowing your friend to play DJ.

Facebook Pumps Up the Volume with 'Listen with' Feature
The listen feature works in both individual and group settings. Those friends listening to music will show a music note beside their name. Initially Spotify, Mog, and Rdio are supported, although Facebook says other services are on their way.

Making it a more social experience, those who also click the “Listen” button will be added into a group chat where everyone can discuss what they’re listening to. Of course there are privacy concerns, and Facebook has provided instructions to control that if you so desire.

Facebook doesn’t yet allow you to switch DJs like Turntable.fm allows. I’m willing to bet that the feature will come soon if Facebook is truly is serious about competing with already existing services, however.

Has anyone used this yet? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

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