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Facebook’s users have shared more than five billion songs through the site ever since it opened its social graph up to music services like Spotify, MOG and Rdio four months ago at its f8 developer conference. Sharing has also led to more concert ticket sales.

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Music has exploded on Facebook ever since the network opened up its social graph at its f8 developer conference four months ago: Users in 50 countries have shared more than five billion songs in these four months, Facebook’s vice president of partnerships Dan Rose said at the music industry conference Midem in Cannes, France Monday.

Rose said that one of the interesting things about the integration of music services like Spotify has been that more often that not, lesser-known bands show up in the Top 100 of most-shared acts. “It’s not reinforcing the same songs that everyone listens to,” he said.

He also explained that enhanced sharing functionalities have brought in some additional revenue on other levels as well. One example: Ticketmaster makes an additional $5 of incremental revenue every time someone shares on Facebook that he has just bought a concert ticket, according to Rose.

  1. am I blind? where exactly are those music sharing options on Facebook? I don’t see any.

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  2. Oh, 5 billion? That’s big! I was thinking that only 91 songs had been shared via Facebook, as the title suggests. :P
    That would have been funny!

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    1. Also- when exactly was 248? Was that day 248 of last year?

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  3. This is crap! I was having songs post even though I opted out of sharing TWICE! This is invasion of privacy at it’s worst. Even though you opt out, it still posts what you are listening to. I DO NOT want anyone to know what ‘m listening to, but I have a feeling it will just show up once again when I log on. These stats are not an indication of people actually sharing, but rather probably 99% of the automatic sharing when people really don’t want to share in the first place!

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  4. It’s not exactly the “Facebook users” sharing, when Facebook does it automatically for them every time they listen to a song.

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  5. Jacob Chappell Monday, January 30, 2012

    I think you mean, “Facebook users have ignored 5 billion songs that Facebook automatically shared with them.”

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