Spotify has confirmed that new users of the music-streaming service will need to have a Facebook account in order to sign up.
In a statement to thinq_ this morning Spotify claiims that 'most' of its users are already connected to Facebook, therefore "it seemed logical to integrate Spotify and Facebook logins."
A spokesperson added: "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."
So, "all new Spotify users will need to have a Facebook account to join Spotify," the company said. "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."
But many users aren't happy.
"This is absurd. I have a facebook account, I did have it connected. but then I checked my account this morning and saw that all my listening data had been posted on. for everyone to see. I did not agree to this, FACEBOOK IS NOT LAST.FM."
We'll continue with his rant as it seems to reflect what many are feeling:
"I then find out that you have taken the, quite frankly, stupid decision of demanding a facebook account for new users. You are pretty much shooting yourself in the foot there. Sure, 'normal people' will not give a toss. Its people like me that helped spotify grow into what it is today. I was there from pretty much day one and I have recommended it to pretty much everyone I know. At least 15 of those people now subscribe.
"Now that you have made this terrible decision I will no longer recommend this service to anyone, and I am even thinking about moving to better alternatives. I have also disconnected my facebook account and I will not reconnect it."
A Spotify rep points out: "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."