Considering a Facebook application renaissancecould be on its way, it’s a good time to take a look at some of the apps that managed to make and keep themselves relevant during the Dark Ages. If you’re a music lover, check out this list of 10 great options to consider for adding some more music-related interactivity to your Facebook profile.
Whether it’s expressing your love for music on your Facebook profile or even casual “I like this song” folks wanting to share the occasional tune with friends, you’ll probably find something of interest on this list. And of course, if you know of any other worthwhile music apps we missed, let us know in the comments.
This app integrates with the MixPod site to let you create playlists and embed them on your Facebook profile. They have a fairly large selection and you can browse by year which is a nice feature — but be sure to test out the tracks you’ve added before posting the playlist. We had trouble with a few of the songs not playing, or being unmarked covers of the originals.
You also have a number of styles to choose from for your playlist, from utilitarian to playful. You’ll have to create a MixPod account to set up, save and embed your playlists.
9. Music Video Jukebox
This is a fun little app that makes it easy to post music videos to your profile from YouTube or last.fm. You can search for YouTube videos right inline from the app, or let it scan your Facebook profile’s musical favorites section to help surface videos you might like. Or, hook it in to your last.fm account to pull in the videos from the most recent tracks you’ve listened to, and post them to your profile with one click.
8. Music Challenge
For the more trivia minded among you, Music Challenge is one of the more popular music trivia apps at almost 3.4 million monthly active users. It follows a typical “name that tune” format, where you have to identify the song based on the audio being played. In bonus mode, you also get points for identifying the artists.
Dubbed simply Music, this is another twist on sharing songs through your profile. You can upload your own tracks to share in your embedded playlist — although hosting limitations constrain you to only two at a time. However, you can also add and share any music from URLs on the web, including YouTube. Grab the URL of the track or YouTube music video you want to include and paste it into the “Add Song” interface to build up your playlist.
6. Last.fm Profile
Whereas last.fm used to have its own official Facebook app, they’re interestingly deprecating it in favor of third-party community apps. The last.fm Profile app is one of the better among them, and allows you to add a handy tab to your Facebook profile with stats from your last.fm profile. Simply add the app, submit your last.fm username, and once the data is cleared you can add the last.fm profile as a new tab in your Facebook profile.
5. My Band
If you’re a music lover who is also a musician, you might want to check out My Band. It’s a promotional tool to enhance your Facebook Page with band-specific needs like gig schedules (including ticket sales), music sales, mailing lists and street teams, and analytics on who is listening and sharing your tunes.
This official app from the folks at imeem lets you integrate your imeem profile with Facebook, but can also be useful even if you don’t spend much time on imeem itself. After adding the app you can add songs, videos, and playlists to your profile from the featured, most played this month, and top ranked leaderboards, or add any track imeem hosts by pasting its URL into the Facebook app. You can also see your Facebook friends’ imeem activity and manage your profile from within the app.
If you already use Pandora, its official app will help you integrate your listening with Facebook. You can set up either a sidebar box with details from your Pandora listening or add it as a new tab to your Facebook profile. Show off your latest stations, favorite artists and songs to your Facebook friends, or create new custom stations right from within the app. You can also see what your Facebook friends are listening to from the Pandora app dashboard.
2. Share Song
From the folks at Grooveshark, the Share Song application is one of those simple yet very effective apps that simply lets you find and share music easily. Just search for the track you want to listen to or share, and if it exists in Grooveshark’s 8+ million song database you can post it to your profile or send it directly to friends.
Although it’s owned by rival MySpace, iLike has been one of the most popular music applications on Facebook for some time. You can listen to and post songs to your profile, get music news and updates, find nearby concerts and more.