Facebook Begins Letting Users Share Music (Updated)

For the longest time I’ve complained that Facebook should make it possible to share MP3 files on the site, without requiring users to upload the files. By simply providing a player for linked files, they can make the users responsible for any MP3 they link to. This evening I noticed that one of my friends had shared an MP3 in their feed, and now it appears that anytime you link to an MP3 you can enter the song title, artist, and album, and it will be playable from within the feed.

The one downside of this new feature is that numerous sites prevent others from hotlinking to MP3s hosted on their site. The primary reason is that it ends up using a ton of bandwidth. So for all those hype machine songs you were looking to share, you may have to host the songs yourself, as many of the songs are hosted on file sharing sites that prevent hot linking.

There are plenty of blogs that host their own MP3s however and now users can instantly share the music from within Facebook without having to install any form of third party application. While we haven’t been able to figure out how to browse through the other MP3s that we’ve shared, Facebook could theoretically expand this feature into a broad “Audio” application. We first saw signs of a Facebook Audio product back in September, but this is the first time we’ve been able to share music directly from our profile.

We’ve reached out to Facebook for more information on this service and will update the post when we hear something back. If you can’t figure out how to use the product, simply share a link from your profile and make sure the link ends in “.mp3”.

One commenter has suggested this isn’t new. Perhaps I’ll go ahead and switch the title to “How To Share Music On Facebook”! I’m waiting to hear back from Facebook for more information. Also, the last “Facebook Audio” product we discussed for Facebook Pages has been available for a couple years. We simply thought this was a new implementation for users but apparently not! Have you used this feature before or is this new to you?