Early last month, Facebook introduced a new feature called Music Stories that allowed users to stream 30-second music clips directly from their news feeds. The feature was somewhat limited at launch, only allowing streaming from Apple Music and Spotify.
Now Music Stories is getting a bit more fleshed out, as Facebook director of product Michael Cerda shared in an update to a blog post. First, four new audio streaming services have been added: Deezer, Napster, Rhapsody, and KKBOX. The ability to stream audio previews from NPR has been added as well.
The second feature is more important, and really should have been included from the start. The feature is called Listen & Scroll, and does exactly what it says: Users can now continue to keep scrolling through their feed while they listen. The currently streaming clip moves down to the lower right of the screen, so you don’t have to worry about losing it.
Music Stories allows users to share songs from the supported steaming service of their choice. Simply use the “share song” option on the service and paste the link into Facebook, which converts it into a 30-second preview. When someone else sees the clip, they can listen to the preview via Facebook before being prompted to hear more on the streaming service itself or buying the song from iTunes.
“We hope by making this experience better, artists will share more, friends will share and engage more, and music will become a better part of the Facebook experience overall,” Cerda said in the original blog post announcing the new feature.
Like most new features Facebook introduces these days, Music Stories is currently only available on iOS, though Cerda said that it will be rolling out on the Web soon. So far there has been no mention of whether the feature will be coming to Android.