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Facebook unveils upcoming audio products to take on
Clubhouse: Details here
Zuckerberg said the world's largest social media network planned in the coming months to launch
features including short-form audio clips called Soundbites
By Elizabeth Culliford, Sheila Dang, and Munsif Vengattil
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday the company planned to launch several audio
products, including Clubhouse-style live audio rooms and a way for users to find and play podcasts.
Facebook's incursion into the audio market comes as the sudden explosion of interest in Clubhouse, an audio app
where billionaires and celebrities including Tesla CEO Elon Musk have popped in to chat, could be waning.
Downloads of the Clubhouse app, which is only available on Apple's iOS devices, suffered an estimated 70%
decline in downloads in March from February when it hit a high.
Zuckerberg said the world's largest social media network planned in the coming months to launch features
including short-form audio clips called "Soundbites" and ways to create sound effects or improve audio quality.
Facebook said in a blog post-https://bit.ly/3e8FGsc it would begin to test live audio rooms, which would launch by
Zuckerberg said Facebook was looking to "treat audio as a first-class medium in the way that we would photos or
video" in an interview on Discord with Casey Newton, editor of newsletter Platformer.
The rapid growth of the year-old app Clubhouse has demonstrated the potential of audio chat services.