Recently we have been bringing a lot of news involving Google’s new social networking dimension Google+ (Plus). The search engine giants have attempted to get more involved with their users and take on the social network giant Facebook. Today we have via PC Advisor learned that Facebook is also to take on a new aspect to their site with a music service called Vibes.
The site which currently has over 700 million users, has just announced its new video chat feature which it was able to produce thanks to a partnership deal that it has with Skype. The function is currently still rolling out across the globe and once enabled can be activated with the click of a button which is found in the corner of the chat box.
The news of this so called Vibes music service emerged as software engineer Jeff Rose, who was working on the video chat function, discovered hidden in the coding the original name for Facebook’s new feature, Peep. There he also found the name of another app, Facebook Vibes. After a little research he then discovered that he had stumbled across an unannounced feature.
As the name Peep, was found and is not being used for the video chat service, it could be that if this new music service launches it too may have a different name. Rose said the word Vibes did point to a Music Download Dialogue. Also rumors emerged earlier in the year that Facebook would be starting a music service.
A new music download service would see Facebook having to take on Apple’s iTunes which currently dominates a large percentage share in the online music market. Even if it just provides a music streaming service, it would still find itself competing with existing services such as Spotify. With the amount of users already on Facebook, this could turn out to be a very profitable feature especially if Vibes gets the rights to distribute music from the major record labels.
Spotify struggled to gain backing from the labels though they eventually got there and are now running a successful streaming service. They are hoping to launch in the US very soon too.
Do you currently use iTunes or Spotify to download your music? If Facebook launched a music download service would you switch to using that instead?