Social network Facebook recently revealed it has joined forces with music-streaming service Spotify to allow users to share any music they listen to with their friends on the site. Users will be able to click on any tracks that appear in their ticker feed and listen to them as well. Under the function that's currently being rolled-out, a chat window will also open so you can discuss the track with your friend. Furthermore, Spotify said the app would contain a Music Dashboard so Facebook users can discover the music that's trending with their friends.
If you're not already a Spotify user, you'll first need to download the music-sharing software to your PC and sign-up for an account. And if you're already a user of the service, you'll need to connect your Spotify account with your Facebook profile and enable Timeline sharing. Here's how.
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If you don't already have spotify installed on your machine, download it from Spotify's site and then log-in or sign-up for an account. If you have an account already, launch the software and log-in. You'll be asked to if you want to link your Spotify and Facebook accounts. To do this press Connect with your Facebook account. It's also worth noting that if you don't want recommendations based on the tracks you listen to that appear in your Facebook timeline, then you'll need to uncheck this box.
Now, you'll be asked to enter you Facebook log-in and password. You can also opt-to remain logged-in to Spotify while you're logged in to Facebook. To do this, make sure the box is checked. Press Log in.
Next, you need to connect your Spotify account to your Facebook Timeline, so songs that you're listening to will be visible by others, As well as needing your email address, Spotify also says it needs your birthday. If you're happy with this, press Log-in and add to Timeline. It's also worth noting, by default this information will be made public on Facebook. However using the drop-down menu next to the globe icon, you can adjust it to various Facebook groups you have set-up.
To see what your friends have been listening to, simply Open the View menu from the top of the Spotify window and select People List. Any of your friends that have linked Spotify to their Facebook Timeline will appear on the far right-hand corner of the screen. Simply click on their picture to view their public playlists and double click on any track to listen to it. You can also press Subscribe next to the playlist so see when tracks are added or removed to the playlist.
It's also worth noting that by selecting Private listening from the Menu option, you'll be able to ensure that the tracks you are listening to aren't shared with your Facebook friends. Great for when you want to rock out to Chas 'n' Dave or The Wurzles.