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Aug 31, 2011 8:32 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Facebook turns to music for new social media tool

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Facebook is preparing to bolster the programming tools it offers to licensed music services like Rhapsody, Spotify, MOG and Rdio to make it easier for users of the social network to find out what songs their friends are digging.

A person familiar with the matter says the tools won't amount to a unique music service on its own since Facebook has not negotiated licensing deals with major music companies.

But it will make give Facebook users yet another reason to stick around.

The person was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and declined to be identified.

Facebook is expected to reveal the specific set of tools at its developer conference, called f8, on Sept. 22.

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