I must be one of the few users on earth that does not have a Facebook account yet and who does not have any plans of creating one in the near future. Still, Facebook is extremely popular and the following Facebook application could be useful - I think it definitely will find lots of users who like it - for some users of Facebook.
Update: The Firetunes website is no longer available on the Internet. This means that the extension itself can not be downloaded anymore. There is not really much need for it anymore either, as you can share files with other users on Facebook directly now.
To do that, open the chat interface on the site and locate the "attachment icon" underneath the text that you are typing. A click on it opens a file browser that allows you to pick local files that you want to share with the chat participant.
The selected file is uploaded to Facebook and visible to other chat participants who can then download it.
The upper file size limits appears to be 25 Megabyte currently.
FireTunes is a small application that changes the Send Message dialog box in Facebook. It extends the Facebook Send Message menu so that songs can be simply dragged and dropped in it as well. This works even out of applications like iTunes which is a very nice feature. If you do not want to drag and drop you can simply use the browse computer menu to locate and add music that you want to send to your Facebook friend.
The friends will receive the message that will contain a link pointing to the mp3 file(s). A click on the link will download the music to the users computer.
FireTunes is a extension for Firefox, so everyone not using Firefox has unfortunately no possibility to send music to his friends in Facebook unless someone else would create a similar add-on for Opera and Internet Explorer.
Need to share music with friends over the Internet? Then I suggest you take a look at Opera Unite which basically turns the Opera web browser into your own streaming and downloading power house. Unite ships with all versions of the browser, all you need to do is enable the components that you want to use. For the purpose of music sharing, this would be the file sharing module.
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