This week, Facebook announced a new integration for Messenger: Spotify.
"Listen up! Spotify is now available for Messenger, meaning you can say 'Hello' to your friends...or 'Sorry' if needed. We're making it easy for you to let your friends know what music you are loving at any moment," said Messenger in a Facebook post announcing the new feature on Wednesday. "While chatting, tap the More tab and then choose Spotify to get started. Or if a friend sends you a song, just tap 'Open' to hop over to Spotify to start listening. This is rolling out today and will be available broadly soon!" The Messenger team even created its own Spotify playlist to share what they had been listening to. This feature is limited to Messenger's iOS and Android apps and kicks you over to Spotify's app to listen to the shared tracks. A Spotify spokesperson added that "users can expect further enhancements as we continually work to improve the integration and ensure the best user experience possible."
Spotify is just the latest integration for Messenger as the service looks to become more than just a messaging app. Messenger has been adding more third-party services for some time, and recently launched a transportation section with Uber support. With this feature, users can request an Uber ride without leaving Messenger, by clicking on Transportation in the More tab. At the time, Facebook said that the Transportation feature was in testing and limited to select markets where Uber operates in the US but promised more countries and transportation partners "soon." More Messenger integration partners are expected to be announced at Facebook's developer conference in April.
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