There was plenty of speculation recently about Spotify launching a Facebook version of its service, but it’s been beaten to the punch by German firm Simfy. It has just launched the Simfy Player for Facebook in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with plans to also launch it in other countries in the third quarter of this year, as the Simfy service itself goes live. “The Player gives music fans direct access to over eight million songs from simfy and allows them to listen to and post these songs on Facebook and share them with their friends,” explains Simfy in a statement. “The music portal offers the industry’s first extensive music catalog on Facebook, with licensing of all major and leading independent labels… Users can easily listen to and share music with their friends on Facebook using simfy’s music streaming service, whether it is albums, songs or playlists. Their friends can directly play the shared music on-demand.” The announcement adds weight to suggestions that Facebook wants to work with a range of music services, not just one.

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