Backlash hits Spotify for requiring Facebook sign-ins

Spotify launched to the general public here in the US last week after a previous launch as an invite only beta earlier this summer. But the method that Spotify has decided to sign up new members has some people very upset. News.com reports that Spotify requires users have a Facebook account before they can access the music service. There is no alternative method to using Spotify here in the US; if you don't have a Facebook account or don't wish to use Facebook, you can't sign on to use Spotify.

This all-or-nothing requirement is supposed to allow Spotify users to share which music they are listening to with their Facebook friends. But that prospect doesn't sit well with a number of people. The Getsatisfaction.com web site has comments from a number of users similar to this one: "Not cool. My Spotify account isn't linked to Facebook, and it'll stay that way, thankyouverymuch. If I didn't have an account already, this would prevent me from signing up."

For his part, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has been responding to messages on his Twitter page from angry patrons. One message had Ek saying, "About FB registrations. We want to remove the barrier to sign-up and create a more seamless experience. As we think our users are social." In another message he said, "We'll try lots of things, and probably screw up from time to time, but we value feedback and will make changes based on it."

Meanwhile if you have both a Spotify and Facebook account and want to keep your music from being seen by your friends, Spotify offers up an easy way to make that happen. In Spotify's preferences section, simply uncheck the box with the "Get personal recommendations by sending music you play to Facebook's Open Graph" label.

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stop whining and get a fake facebook profile. facebook likes to claim they are still getting more people on their site so they bribed the **** out of spotify to make this happen.

Count me as someone who doesn't care to share every single thing I play...
If I feel like sharing something, I'll share it. If I everyone should check it out, I'll post it. If I want to send a few people a few things, I'll do that... I don't need some pointless integration that further tracks every aspect of my existence.

Besides, not everybody likes what I might, and I don't most definitely don't care if somebody else just can't stop listening to some crappy "metal" band that gets overplayed on radio, or some Gaga, or some pop country.

I've got Spotify to test out, but I'm not leaving Rhapsody any time soon.

Been with Rhapsody for years. It works better for me, and is well worth the subscription.

Everyone have fun complaining about the restrictions on the "free" service that Spotify will impose by next year. I'll still be on Rhapsody.

For me this was *automatically* set to Only Me on fb. Personally I wouldn't sweat it, you can hide the app and stop it from posting even though only you can see it anyway. It's actually quite nice to use but not amazingly well integrated, something just feels...Myspace-y

What I did was that I told FB to show Spotify's posts to "ONLY ME" in the custom section of the privacy settings.

Steve B said,
What I did was that I told FB to show Spotify's posts to "ONLY ME" in the custom section of the privacy settings.

Yeah, that surely makes more sense than just turning sharing off in spotify...

AFineFrenzy said,
Pretty simple situation here. If they make this change in the UK I will stop using it and they'll lose a subscriber.

It's already happened. I think if you create a new Spotify account you need Facebook and there was a client update with now spams Facebook with what you're listening to.

AFineFrenzy said,
Pretty simple situation here. If they make this change in the UK I will stop using it and they'll lose a subscriber.

It's worth bearing in mind that you're not forced to link with Facebook, provided that you subscribed before the Facebook takeover... I mean partnership. If you already have a Spotify account, nothing changes. It's only if you subscribe now that you have to use your Facebook account.

Seems a bit crazy seeing that it is an optional feature here in the UK, if you have a Facebook account then its quite a nice feature too. To my knowledge it only posts your music habits if you tell it to ...

bushbrother said,
Seems a bit crazy seeing that it is an optional feature here in the UK, if you have a Facebook account then its quite a nice feature too. To my knowledge it only posts your music habits if you tell it to ...

Spotify was updated so that it will upload what you listen to automatically unless you tell it not to. At least it was to me in Finland.

bushbrother said,
Seems a bit crazy seeing that it is an optional feature here in the UK, if you have a Facebook account then its quite a nice feature too. To my knowledge it only posts your music habits if you tell it to ...

Yeah, it's doing it automatically in the UK too. My Facebook ticker is being spammed with people playing songs now.

alex. said,

Yeah, it's doing it automatically in the UK too. My Facebook ticker is being spammed with people playing songs now.

That's the whole point of the Ticker. Mark Zuckerberg mentioned at f8 that they implemented it to show pretty much everything that is happening as it happens because many of us enjoy seeing all of that information. Zuckerberg referred to it as the more "lightweight information" that would annoy many people if it cluttered up their News Feed. The hope (and I think it works very well) is that those of us that wish to follow this lightweight information can do so using the Ticker; those who wish to ignore all of that information can easily ignore the Ticker (it's easy to ignore; I've tried to test); and those who wish to see interesting posts in their News Feed can still do so because it is not cluttered with the lightweight information.

I could see how this is a bit of an annoyance if you don't have a Facebook account.

But, I do and I like the interaction between Facebook and Spotify. No complaints here.