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Glenn

Groan. I like Facebook because I'm not friends with 500 bands. Keeping track of a small group of friends is easy and makes Facebook fun. The last thing I want is a bunch of postings from bands clogging up my page.

Glenn

Groan. I like Facebook because I'm not friends with 500 bands. Keeping track of a small group of friends is easy and makes Facebook fun. The last thing I want is a bunch of postings from bands clogging up my page.

Steve

The implication of the last sentence is this move is making Facebook more open. Lots of facebook applications are already trying to provide similar functionality (etc., iLike, ReverbNation, Qloud). Facebook will grab back these artist/fan social connections. You can make your own guess as to the reason (better user experience and and/or to cement their hold on the users). Given the net result that Facebook will be taking back and controlling the use of these social connections, for music apps this move potentially reduces the openness of Facebook. On the other hand, Facebook will probably do a good job of reproducing the best of the current music apps offerings. I'm holding my breath to see the impact of these changes on third party apps, artists, and their fans.

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