Facebook yesterday launched its new music section for bands in a tie-up with iTunes.

The new section lets bands create their own profiles, making songs, photos and music videos available to fans. The service - which takes the social networking war to MySpace - also lets acts sell tickets and merchandise through a deal with the Music Today service.

Tracks can be streamed and Facebook is providing a link to iTunes in order that acts can offer songs for sale to fans visiting their pages.

Facebook denizens can become fans of their chosen atists, can rate and review the music and can choose to receive messages from acts.

100 artists have already set-up Facebook profiles to help launch the service, the first draft includes Coldplay, the Dave Matthews Band, Cee-Lo, Gnarls Barkley, and The Decemberists.

Facebook has also introduced a wave of applications bands can deploy on page, including tools for the creation of unique Facebook pages; a Flash Player; a Music Player; a Discography tool, a Music Shop and bulletin sending software, iCast.

UPDATE: A Facebook spokesperson has since contacted Macworld UK to "clarify" this story. According to the spokesperson: "Facebook did not launch any new music products this week and does not have any tie in with iTunes. Instead, Facebook a week ago created an informational page called 'Music on Facebook' as a guide and resources to musicians and bands to create their own Facebook Pages. The ability for musicians and bands to crate Facebook pages has been available since the launch of that product on 6 November."