Facebook has already rolled its own version of live TV with facebook live feature, but now it’s all ready to come up with live radio.
Earlier this week social network giant announced “Live Audio Streaming” that will be used for broadcasting radio shows, podcasts will have new online distribution for their episodes, Book authors can do book reading, News anchors could broadcast audio from disaster zones where the bandwidth is too low for video streaming and much more. With this option just like live video streaming users can tune into the live audio streaming and can also interact with it as they would a live video stream. Similarly they can post comments and send reactions.
The new feature comes as an alternative to a set of tool that lets people stream live video at the social network. “We know that sometimes publishers want to tell a story on Facebook with words and not video,” FB product specialist Shirley Ip and software engineer Bhavana Radhakrishnan said in a blog post.
For now Android users will be able to listen even if the switch from Facebook or lock their devices. On the other side iPhone and iPad users will not be able to listen by existing the Facebook app or lock their phone and keep on listening. But they can cruise around within Facebook without losing the stream. An audio-streaming option will be a great and useful feature in the areas where telecommunication network have difficulty covering the larger data such as video streaming. Listeners will find out live audio content in their Facebook news feed.
Currently it is unclear whether the Audio broadcasts can be available after the live streaming has ended and if yes can we play the on demand version in the back ground.
For now, Live Audio is being tested with only a few Page owners, including TV and radio broadcaster BBC World Service, British radio station LBC, book publisher Harper Collins and authors Adam Grant and Britt Bennett.
Facebook plans to open it up to more people and Pages next year, the company said.
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