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Facebook announced Live Audio. Get ready for podcasts in your news feed.

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Live video, apparently, is so last week

Facebook announced Live Audio on Tuesday, which will allow users to stream audio-only content directly to the news feed.

This comes just days after Facebook unlocked the ability to go live in 360-degree video

From interviews to book readings, we're excited about the layer of interactivity that Live Audio brings to both the broadcaster and listener.
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Facebook said it saw creators going live on a still image as a workaround to tell audio-only stories. It also said audio would help people in areas where internet signals are weak. It would also let Android users lock their phones but continue to listen to live audio. iOS is not so lucky.

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Here's what the interface will look like. Facebook said Live Audio will roll out "over the next few weeks" to partners and more widely available "early next year."

Partnerships with the BBC and publisher Harper Collins, among others, were also announced.

Some creators seem excited, but this may spell doom for audio site Soundcloud.

What do you think of Facebook Live Audio?

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