People love listening to music through Facebook-connected applications such as Pandora, Songza, and Spotify. As Facebook noted in a Stories post Tuesday, more than 110 million songs, albums, and radio stations have been played 40 billion times through apps that use Facebook’s Open Graph. Facebook took a highly visual at how songs trend across the country.
Not long after the U.S. House of Representatives approved changes to a bill that would let video-rental services such as Netflix share viewer data (with their consent) to sites such as Facebook, the Senate gave its blessing, too. This means that soon, Netflix users will be able to share their movie histories with Facebook, much like music listeners do through applications such as SoundCloud, Songza, and Spotify.
Even a casual Facebook user can see that the site has changed dramatically over the past year. On Thursday, Facebook’s developers team took some time to reflect on some of the highlights that made the social network what it is today.
Several Facebook applications have taken advantage of open graph technology to really connect with users. The social network highlighted a few musical apps that have utilized open graph for success, including Songza, 8tracks, and BandPage.
People can organize music by genre, artist, title, album date, and just about any other metric you could think of. But what about mood? Facebook application Songza produces playlists based on what types of music the user wants to hear for specific situations. For instance, if a person likes to hear hard rock and is getting ready for a half-marathon, Songza would provide a rockin’ workout playlist. The app was featured Thursday in Facebook’s Developer Spotlight.
Facebook published a post urging developers to create applications for both the social network’s platform and mobile on its developer blog, saying that in May, Facebook drove users to iOS apps 134 million times and to the Apple App Store 83 million times.
Songza, a music-streaming application for the iPhone and iPad, is in tune with Facebook, as its iPhone app has soared from 7,000 daily active Facebook users to 112,000 in the past week, with each Facebook-connected user generating more than one referral visit.
National Car Rental wants to know what its Facebook fans are listening to, so the company teamed up with music-streaming service Songza to allow users who like its page to help populate the “Go Like a Pro” playlist.