(Bloomberg) – Facebook Inc. will announce on Monday a set of new audio products, including its own opinion about Clubhouse, as well as the promotion of podcasts with Spotify Technology SA.
Some products will be available only later this spring, according to Recode. The plan includes only the audio version of Messenger Rooms, a video chat feature that Facebook introduced last year to compete with Zoom Video Communications Inc.
Facebook will also add a Clubhouse-like product that allows users to speak on a virtual stage, and a feature that allows users to post voice messages on their news feeds. It will also release a product to detect podcasts in connection with Spotify, Recode said.
These plans appear just as the Clubhouse has completed a round of Serie C funding under the leadership of Andriesen Horowitz. Earlier, Bloomberg News reported that the round will estimate an annual startup of about $ 4 billion, which is four times more than the estimate from January.
Many social media giants are working to create their own versions of the popular Clubhouse product. Twitter Inc. introduced one called Spaces. Microsoft Corp. LinkedIn and Slack Technologies Inc. also stated that they are working on similar functions for their networks.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, appeared live during a discussion at Clubhouse this year, and the company has ordered several teams to explore audio-related chat products that could compete with Clubhouse, say people familiar with the job.
“We have been connecting people with audio and video technology for many years, and we are always exploring new ways to improve this experience for people,” said Facebook Recode.
Separately Apple Inc. is preparing a podcast service, which she can announce on Tuesday, according to Recode, without specifying how she received the information. Apple declined to comment on Recode.
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