A Facebook account is now required for all new users signing up for Spotify; and even though existing accounts aren’t affected, many users are less than pleased. The message ““You need a Facebook account to register for Spotify. If you have an account, just log in below to register. If you don’t have a Facebook account, get one by clicking the ‘create an account’ link below,” has been added to the Spotify signup page.
Users have reacted quickly…
“I absolutely love your service, and promote it all the time, but this is the stupidest move you have ever made. What were you thinking? Did Facebook push you? I cannot believe you have done this!” wrote one commenter of Spoitfy’s Get Satisfaction page.
“This is a terrible move, stop sucking up to Facebook and get your iPad app done” wrote another.
“Unfortunately you will need a Facebook account to access Spotify from now on, unless you already have an account set up.
This does not stop you creating the Facebook account adding nothing to it and making it totally private as the Facebook account does not have to be actively used.”
Personally, I don’t mind this feature due to the fact that I already have an active Facebook account. But I can see how people don’t want to be annoyed with having Facebook updates with every song that they listen to on Spotify. At the end it gives off the image that this is a total win for Facebook and somewhat of a loss for Spotify.
Update (Sept. 30th):
Today Spotify released an update to its desktop app that includes a “Private Listening” option. This feature turns off Facebook sharing temporarily.