Facebook Launches Music Stories for iPhone

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Sing along with Facebook? The social network announced the launch of Music Stories, an easier way for users to discover and share music content.

Director of product Michael Cerda introduced Music Stories in a Facebook Media blog post, saying that the new post format is launching for iPhone users on Facebook’s flagship iOS application, and it will allow users to listen to 30-second previews of shared songs or albums from Apple Music or Spotify, streamed from those music services.

Users who are interested in the songs they preview can opt to stream full tracks via Apple Music and add those songs to their libraries via iTunes, while content shared via Spotify can be added to users’ libraries, or they can stream the full tracks.

Cerda wrote:

On the Facebook iPhone app, songs and albums shared from the leading music services will become Music Stories, a new post format that allows people to listen to a 30-second preview of the shared song (or album) while on Facebook. The preview is streamed from either Apple Music or Spotify (depending on the source of the link shared), and can be purchased from or saved to the respective music streaming service.

The previews from Apple Music and iTunes are available directly through Facebook. If you want more, click through to stream full tracks on Apple Music or add music to your library with a single click to purchase through the iTunes store. The previews from Spotify are also available directly through Facebook. If you want more, click through to stream full tracks on Spotify or add to your library without leaving Facebook. We will expand Music Story support for additional streaming music services soon.

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Facebook Instant Articles Available to All iPhone Users; Android Next

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All users of Facebook’s iPhone application can now access Instant Articles, and the social network confirmed that the feature will launch for Android later this year.

Users connected to Facebook via their iPhone apps who see lightning bolts in the top-right-hand corner of posts from participating publishers in News Feed can click on the stories to access them 10 times faster than standard mobile Web articles.

Product manager Michael Reckhow announced in a Facebook Media blog post that a public beta of Instant Articles for Android will be available last week, with a full launch slated for later this year.

Facebook introduced Instant Articles in May, and its nine launch partners were:

Reckhow said in the blog post that the following partners will join the fray:

  • Billboard
  • Billy Penn
  • The Blaze
  • Bleacher Report
  • Breitbart
  • Brit + Co
  • Business Insider
  • Bustle
  • CBS News
  • CBS Sports
  • CNET
  • Complex
  • Country Living
  • Cracked
  • Daily Dot
  • E! News
  • Elite Daily
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Gannett
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Fox Sports
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • Hollywood Life
  • The Hollywood Reporter
  • IJ Review
  • Little Things
  • Mashable
  • Mental Floss
  • mindbodygreen
  • Major League Baseball
  • MoviePilot
  • National Basketball Association
  • New York Post
  • The Onion
  • Opposing Views
  • People
  • Pop Sugar
  • Rare
  • Refinery 29
  • Rolling Stone
  • Seventeen
  • Time
  • Uproxx
  • US Magazine
  • USA Today
  • Variety
  • The Verge
  • The Weather Channel

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He also provided details on how some of Facebook’s partners are taking advantage of the interactive features enabled by Instant Articles:

Instant Articles from NBC News feature auto-play videos that come to life and begin automatically as readers scroll through the story.

The Atlantic’s photo blog in Instant Articles lets you zoom in and explore the details of high-resolution photos just by tilting your phone.

Readers can engage more deeply with BuzzFeed’s Instant Articles by liking and commenting on individual photos and videos throughout the story.

Beautiful photo galleries in Instant Articles from The New York Times are seamless to swipe through.

National Geographic’s Instant Articles let readers explore where the story happened with geo-tagged images that open interactive maps.

Readers: Have you encountered any Instant Articles yet? What were your impressions?

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