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eMusic, Facebook toss their hats into the streaming game

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It's not a secret that streaming is quickly becoming the hottest buzzword in music circles, and it turns out two new services are going to be coming into the market -- at least in some form. The budget MP3 store eMusic has just announced it's going to start a radio streaming service, while rumors of Facebook's impending streaming service are starting to turn up.

Over the years, eMusic has struggled to grow. After picking up a lot of customers in its early years, eMusic's growth has slowed. While eMusic is certainly one of the cheapest out there, it's hard to discover new music if you're not sure of what you're looking for. Which is exactly what the streaming service, called eMusic Radio, hopes to solve.

The service is available to subscribers and non-subscribers alike right now.Using technology from The Echo Nest, a music preference engine that compares songs sonically, eMusic Radio is unlike streaming radio services like Pandora in that it adds a human touch. Each station will have handpicked tracks from its editors and contributors. While algorithms are getting better as time goes on, there is no substitute to an expertly catered list.

In similar news, it has been rumored for a very long time that Facebook would introduce its own streaming service, and is it turns out, those rumors are partially true. Business Insider is claiming Facebook will actually be integrating Rdio, Spotify and MOG into the social network rather than starting its own.

Facebook has yet to actually confirm anything, but it's likely the F8 developers conference on September 22, will be the place where it will happen. The theory is that the Facebook music player will be integrated directly onto your Facebook wall, making it easy for friends to share music and like things and everything else that makes Facebook what it is.

Rdio, Spotify and MOG all have minimal Facebook already, but this would be a step into a new, slightly terrifying territory. We won't know exactly how much connectivity is going to be in place until the F8 conference, but there is a reasonable chance it's going to change the way we share music, for better or worse.



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