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29 February 2024

Facebook chat lets you listen to music with friends


Have you started “listening with” your friends.  Facebook on Friday launched a new feature that will simultaneously let a user listen to music his friends are listening to.

The new 'listen with' buttons is being rolled out across Facebook will let you or your friend to be the DJ.

Alexandre Roche a Product Designer at Facebook writing on the Facebook blog on Thursday said, “Today, with music services on Facebook, there's a new way to listen with friends. This feature lets you listen along with any of your friends who are currently listening to music. You can also listen together in a group while one of your friends plays DJ.”

“You can listen to the same song, at the exact same time—so when your favourite vocal part comes in you can experience it together, just like when you're jamming out at a performance or dance club,” the blog added.

The service is being rolled in phases and once it is available the user has to look for the music note in the chat sidebar to see which of their friends are listening to music. “To listen with a friend, hover over their name, and click the Listen With button. The music will play through the service your friend is using. When a new song plays, you'll come along for the ride, discovering new music while your friend DJs for you,” the blog post added.

Although users have been able to utilise digital music service's new apps to listen to music and see what their friends have been listening to since f8, Facebook's annual developer's conference,  it was not possible for friends to simultaneously listen to the same track.

The move is set to boost sign-ups to digital music services, as people will need to have an account to 'tune in' simultaneously.