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iLike has launched music sharing applications on most of the popular social networks including hi5 back in December. Today iLike is announcing the launch of their own platform which will allow developers to integrate music listed on iLike into applications across the Web. iLike has selected several partners for today’s launch including: eVite, Slide, Flixster, Blogger, Typepad and Connected Weddings.
Adam Ostrow has a good overview of the way each of the partners will integrate the new platform into their services. Adam also notes, "Similar to iLike’s website and applications, there are some restrictions on the streaming music. Each listener can stream up to 25 full tracks per month, at which point they’ll need to either upgrade to Rhapsody’s subscription service (iLike’s main digital music partner) or be restricted to 30-second previews."
iLike will generate revenue from the platform by pushing the Rhapsody upgrades. Developers won’t receive a cut of the revenue – they will likely need to work on increasing engagement and that will need to generate the additional revenue if desired.
How will iLike handle the upcoming competition from MySpace? We will need to wait and see but getting developers on your side could be a very strong start.