Spotify News Round-up: Response To Criticism Over Facebook Tie-in, Disable Auto Share, And 250,000 Daily Sign ups

  • September 27, 2011 9:56 am

While European markets have been enjoying the service for a couple years now, your typical music label greed has drawn things out much longer than needed. But alas, we’re finally rockin’ out with Spotify, and once again, they’re at the top of tech news around not only the U.S. but the world — though not for a good reason. It seems people are up in arms about the new mandatory Facebook account requirement to sign up for a new Spotify account. If you’re only worry is sharing everything you listen to, there’s a fix.

Also, Spotify is apparently signing up over 250,000 new users per day since activating the aforementioned Facebook account requirement.

More Spotify news after the break…

First and foremost, Spotify has had to take a defensive approach to explain and rationalize the new Facebook account requirement when signing up for a new Spotify account. According to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek:

To us, this is all about creating an amazing new world of music discovery. As most of our users are already social and have already connected to Facebook, it seemed logical to integrate Spotify and Facebook logins. We already use Facebook as part of our backend to power our social features and by adopting Facebook’s login, we’ve created a simple and seamless social experience.

From today, all new Spotify users will need to have a Facebook account to join Spotify. Think of it as like a virtual ‘passport’, designed to make the experience smoother and easier, with one less username and password to remember. You don’t need to connect to Facebook and if you do decide to, you can always control what you share and don’t share by changing your Spotify settings at any time.

We’re constantly trying new things, always looking for feedback and we’re always going to listen to our users, making changes based on this feedback wherever we can.”

Fair enough. If you’re still not happy, there is a way to disable auto-sharing to Facebook and instead use the normal share button, sharing what you want when you want.

To disable Spotify’s auto-sharing Facebook functionality:

  • Mac: Go to Spoitfy > preferences and scroll down to “Facebook”. Uncheck “Get personal recommendations by sending music you play to Facebook’s Open Graph”.
  • Windows: Edit > Preferences and scroll down to “Facebook”. Uncheck “Get personal recommendations by sending music you play to Facebook’s Open Graph”.

Apparent widespread criticism aside, the new requirement is causing a massive uptick in Spotify’s user base. Based on a report by Musically.com, the current rate is upwards of 250,000 new users per day! Pretty impressive if you ask us, especially with as much negative sentiment we’ve seen over the last 12 hours.

How have you taken the new Facebook auto-share/account requirement in Spotify: Angry, frustrated, couldn’t care less? Let us know in the comments.

Via: Musically

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