Music, media firms pin hopes on new Facebook ties

LOS ANGELES - Music and media companies are pinning fresh hopes for reviving their businesses on a small ribbon that Facebook has begun putting on user profiles called the "ticker."

The new, slim stream of updates automatically lists users' activity on apps made for listening to music, watching movies, reading news and playing games after users consent to continuous sharing just once.

Clicking on your friends' items in the ticker can lead to automatically being signed up for free trials on services such as music plans Spotify and Rhapsody, many of which may eventually ask for a monthly fee.

Hundreds of Facebook fans complained on the News 12 New Jersey fan page saying the changes were too drastic.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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