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Is Facebook Planning Music Streaming Service?

Evidence that social networking giant Facebook is planning to launch its own music streaming service has come to light.

According to Mashable (opens in new tab), reference to a service named ‘Vibes’ have been unearthed in Facebook’s code.

Software developer Jeff Rose, who discovered the reference to a music service, explains that when users start to use the newly launched Skype video conferencing for Facebook Chat, the application downloads and installs two applications on the users’ desktop.

Out of the two applications, he discovered, one was for a service called ‘Peep’, which was related to video chat while the other, called Vibes, had something to do with music downloads. However, as Facebook’s video chat service is not named Peep, it is not clear which name Facebook will chose for its music streaming service.

Facebook has already been rumoured to be in talks with Skype to partner on a music streaming service on the platform. Perhaps this is the first evidence that the service actually exists and might soon be launched.

“The video chat plugin, called peep, is what is downloaded now. At some point in the future they seem to be prepared to download another app though, called Facebook Vibes,” Rose wrote on his blog (opens in new tab).

“The vibes app connects with a music download dialog in the page though, so I’m guessing that with this release we are seeing the seeds for Facebook’s upcoming music offering,” he said.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.