October 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm

How ‘The Holy Grail – Universal Song ID’ Could Improve Facebook

facebook music one big databaseFacebook’s big push into digital music could be a boon to music services, artists, and the fans, because it can provide the “connective tissue” that has been sorely missing from the industry for well over 10 years.

Microsoft’s Zune promised us “The Social,” but nobody bought the hardware and now it’s gone. With Facebook music, people can share across different hardware, from different music services.

According to investor Sean Parker, the goal of Facebook + Spotify etc. is to approximate the “Woah I can get everything my friends have” freedom of the original Napster within a legally-licensed service. In order for that to work, especially in the context of people paying $10 per month, it needs to be accurate across multiple services.

However, Facebook music is missing a reliable way for the people who use, say, Napster/Rhapsody to share songs with people who prefer another service such as Spotify, Rdio, or YouTube.

Brian Whitman, co-founder and CTO of The Echo Nest, explains exactly how Facebook’s inability to map music perfectly from one service to another affects music fans, with a few amusing examples mixed in for good measure, in a post called “Why Music ID Resolution Matters to Every Music Fan on Facebook.” (Disclosure: The Echo Nest publishes Evolver.fm.)

This topic is near and dear to my heart, because I’ve been complaining about essentially the same thing for years.

Read the post here.