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Spotify force users to have a Facebook account

by Emma Dunn

Spotify have enraged some users by making them sign up to Facebook in order to have an account. Visitors to the sign up site are told to log in to the social network or create an account in order to join the music streaming service.

This change is just the latest in a long line of Spotify/Facebook integration – for example, the eagle eyed among you will have noticed friends’ Spotify listening habits slip into Facebook’s new ticker feed.

Yup, your private love of ‘One Direction’ just became a whole lot more public, my friend!

It’s understandable why people are angry – Facebook have had some privacy issues in the past and some are still to find the social network trustworthy. Why should they be forced to divulge their information to one service simply to use another?

Spotify has tried to quell user’s fury by claiming you can create a private account without adding any information to it or actively using it. However, that kind of misses the point. Some believe that Spotify doesn’t have to be connected to Facebook in any case.

“What were you thinking? Did Facebook push you? I cannot believe you have done this!” squeals one user on their GetSatisfaction page. Reactions on Twitter haven’t been much better either, @JamesCridland calls the development a “bad move” and @thomassays simply says “Dear @spotify, this isn’t acceptable”.

What do you think? Do you reckon forcing Spotify users to have a Facebook account is a bit heavy handed? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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