Friday, 06 October 2017 13:13

Apple Music launches on Facebook Messenger with new bot

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Apple Music subscribers who also use Facebook Messenger are getting the message that you can listen to complete songs in the app, with 30 second grabs for iOS and Android non-subscribers.

Facebook has announced the arrival of Apple Music and an Apple Music bot on the Facebook Messenger Platform.

The feature has now launched globally, ensuring that "Apple Music and its chat extension will start to be available to the 1.3 billion people who use Messenger".

Facebook proudly boasts of "over 200,000 active bots from over 100,000 developers on the platform who have crafted incredible experiences ranging from enabling commerce to catching up on the latest news and even discovering and listening to your favourite tunes, without ever leaving Messenger", with Apple Music the latest such service, bot and experience to arrive.

So, what makes the Apple Music experience on Messenger unique?

We're told it's unique "in that it allows Apple Music subscribers on iOS to play complete songs, right in the app".

"Of course," adds Facebook's blog post author Dan Grover, "it will enable listening and sharing of 30-second sound bites cross-platform (Android and iOS) to non-subscribers."

Want more? Of course you do!

"You can even send an emoji to the bot and it will suggest a playlist — try sending ? or even ✨❓? to see what Apple Music bot suggests — and know what’s playing live on Beats 1 and see which shows are coming up next. And if you’re interested in becoming an Apple Music subscriber, you can also easily start your 3 month free trial via a native, seamless flow."

See the image below for an example. 

Grover adds: "The Apple Music bot for Messenger also makes it easy to share songs with your friends. Using the Apple Music chat extension, people can share songs with a group or in a 1:1 conversation."

He concludes by stating "We’re really delighted to welcome Apple as a developer for the Messenger Platform and look forward to unlocking even more experiences with them and the entire community. Try it out and let us know what you think."

So, there you go. Apple Music on Facebook Messenger will surely be music to the ears, eyes and fingertips of hundreds of millions of Facebook users, so if that's you, you're welcome turn it up and click this link to get started and try it out for yourself!


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