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Spotify on defensive after requiring Facebook to sign in

updated 07:05 am EDT, Tue September 27, 2011

Spotify responds to backlash over Facebook login

Spotify has issued a statement defending its new Facebook sign-up and login process for access to its streaming music service. Previously, users just signed directly into Spotify itself; now, new users are expected to use their Facebook account, or create one, in order to access the Spotify service. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek claims that users can adjust their privacy settings within Spotify if they do not want to share what they are listening to on the social network.

The statement issued by Ek in response to user complaints reads:

"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."

The close tie-in with Facebook is part of reciprocal relationship that Facebook has established with a number of music services on the social network following its recent f8 conference. The new, deeper, connectivity between the two sites will see the generic 'Like' button replaced with a system of verbs focusing mostly on sharing music, along with the enhanced Open Graph and the new Facebook Timeline.

Whether Spotify users will accept the explanation from the company's CEO will remain to be seen. If true to its word, Spotify may drop the new requirement if the user backlash is sustained. [via Music Ally]

by MacNN Staff



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