New Spotify users must have a Facebook account

Outrage as new deal with social network forces users to join Facebook

Music streaming service’s new, deeper Facebook integration now means new users must join the social network in order to stream tracks for free. Cue angry comments and plenty of hand-wringing.

Spotify’s new Facebook integration was supposed to be a headline grabber for all the right reasons: a clever way to listen to and share music socially, without having to switch between the social network and Spotify’s app.

But with the hype surrounding the new deal dying down, a nasty new detail has emerged. New Spotify users must sign up for Facebook, even if they don’t want to use Zuckerberg and co’s service.

The news was revealed on Spotify’s own official forum, with those signing-up unable to get started without opening a Facebook account. After a number of concerned posts, a Spotify staffer named Darren hit the forum and confirmed that this was indeed the case.

“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.”

It appears Spotify has agreed to this as part of its new Facebook package. It’s already causing plenty of controversy among users new and old, with complaints filling up the Spotify forum pages. Is Spotify wrong to make this move? Tell us what you think on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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