With Facebook having secured a raft of music-licensing deals for user-generated content (UGC), we’re gradually finding out what the social network plans to do with them.
We’ve heard about Lip Sync Live, the Musical.ly (sorry, TikTok) esque feature for miming to songs in videos. Now Facebook is working on something else: the ability for people to add songs to their photo and video posts – not just as ‘stories’ but as regular news-feed posts. “Adding music to your Stories goes beyond sharing what you’re listening to – it adds context and lets you creatively express yourself. We’re now starting to test music on Facebook Stories and News Feed,” Facebook’s Maya Patterson told Engadget, which reported on the plans overnight. The report suggests that Facebook is testing the feature with a ‘small number of users’ globally, and that they’ll be choosing songs from a list suggested by Facebook when they add a ‘music sticker’ to their post – which suggests that a limited catalogue of tracks will be available.