It seems that Facebook is trying to become the premiere destination for keeping in touch with your friends and family as well as for entertainment adding a special tab for games and videos. The company has also announced that it will launch Live Audio broadcasts to complement their Live Video feature.
The Live Audio feature is already starting to become available for users around the world on all major platforms including Android and iOS. It will include interviews with various personalities, book readings as well as news radio. However, for now, the feature will include a small number of publishers and authors, which Facebook is going to expand starting with next year.
The new feature will enable Facebook users, companies, and personalities to share their audio content such as podcasts or interviews directly on Facebook and it will appear on users’ News Feed, just like they would a video, instead of linking another page. This Live Audio feature provides real-time broadcasting flexibility and options to publishers from low-connectivity areas by having a low-bandwidth unlike video content.
Facebook has revealed that the first publishers for the Live Audio feature will include two British radio stations, the BBC World Service and the Leading Britain’s Conversation. It will also feature publishers like Harper Collins as well as authors like Adam Grant, Britt Bennett. Facebook issued a statement emphasizing the fact they will be expanding the availability of the service to both publishers and people.
One great feature for the Android version of the feature is that users will even be able to close the Facebook app and engage in another activity on their phones while the Live Audio content keeps playing in the background. Unfortunately, this is not the case for iOS users, which will leave the stream if they close the app.
The Live Audio feature has a similar function to Live Video. Subscribers and active followers of a specific page will receive a notification when the page will hold a Live Audio session. The feature has a generous limit of four hours, which can accommodate a wide range of content, from news radio to live book readings and other types of broadcasts.
What do you think about the Live Audio feature? Are you going to try it out?
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