Music Stories

Music Stories

Sharing music on Facebook used to be really difficult. For some, it was okay to just post a screenshot of what they were listening to. But if I didn't know what that song sounded like, how could I react to the post? For others, they would look for ways to play the song for their friends. It meant searching for a music video on YouTube, and pasting the link in a new post. But what if the song you were looking for didn't have a video? What if you want to share an album? 

Facebook Music Stories were built as a way to share music links; they let friends listen to the music we share without leaving the app or requiring a music streaming provider membership. 

"Music Stories: A Better Way to Discover and Share Music"
Facebook Media Blog

Key Quotes
 

“And that’s it. There’s not that much to it, which might be why it could work.”  -Peter Kafka, Recode

 

"It’s just the latest indication of Facebook making its feed more powerful and relevant to its users. While lately the company has been focusing on news and video, Music Stories makes it easier to share another type of popular content without roundabout methods. - Napier Lopez, The Next Web

 

"If music really is as social as Facebook imagines — and the company is often right about what people are sharing to its network, thanks to the vast amount of data it collects and parses every day — this could make a big difference to people whose friends and family all use a different streaming music service.” -Nathaniel Mott, GigaOm

 

“Another big bonus for Music Stories is it's a more elegant way for bands to promote their own fan pages. Maybe your favorite ska band from 2003 will finally forsake MySpace for good. The feature arrives for iOS users starting today and the company says it will add more services as it grows.” -Darren Orf, 20HZ

 

"It’s a great way to discover new music and keep up with what your cooler friends are playing in their earbuds.” -Sade Strehike, Teen Vogue  

 

"As such, your Facebook friends will not only be able to see what song or album is on your mind at the current moment, but stream a 30-second preview of said track through Facebook’s new audio player. Better yet: you don’t have to leave the app, nor are you required to be a subscriber of Spotify or Apple Music in order to hear clips.” -Lizzie Renck , Dancing Astronaut

Music Stories on iOS feat. Spotify

Video filmed for public announcement. Filmed by Alex Cornell.

Music Story (single song) on Facebook.com

Music Story (single song) on Facebook.com

Music Story (album) on Facebook.com

Music Story (album) on Facebook.com

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Podcast Support

Podcast Support

Since the format was designed to make it easier to share music (and subsequently audio files hosted on Spotify, Apple Music, and so on) it allowed us to take it further. Podcasting felt like a natural next step, and we were able to test the effectiveness of Music Stories with the launch of Serial Season 2 just before the holidays.