Facebook adds ‘listen later’ button to music stories in the feed

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By Brittany Darwell Comment

musicFacebook has added a “Listen Later” button to Open Graph music stories in the feed, allowing users to fill out a new section of their About page.

The feature becomes available when users hover over a story about friend’s listening activity on Facebook-connected services like Spotify or Rdio. Users can click the small plus sign, which will bring up the “Listen Later” option and a way to adjust the privacy settings of the story. We have not seen examples of “Read Later” or “Watch Later” buttons in the feed, but these could be coming or already in testing, considering that the new About page also includes “Want to Watch” and “Want to Read” sections.

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After users click “Listen Later,” the artist will be added to a designated section of their About page. Users can click here and begin playing music through their streaming service. We tried listening to the artist on Spotify to see if it would remove him from the “Listen Later” section but it did not. Artists seem to remain on this list until users manually remove them.

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Adding an artist to Listen Later also generates a story that appears in a user’s Recent Activity and could appear in their friends’ feeds. These stories are presented as “[User] wants to listen to [artist].” If a number of a user’s friends want to listen to the same artist, Facebook could combine those stories to present users with compelling recommendations about new music they might like.

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The Listen Later option is not limited to users with the new News Feed. The feature was first shared with us by reader Matteo Gamba, who below illustrates what the button looks like and how it appears after users click Listen Later.

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