Spotify now requires new users to have Facebook accounts

Posted on Sep 28 2011 - 11:43pm by Robert

Online music streaming service Spotify is now requiring its users to sign up using their Facebook accounts, instead of creating a new Spotify account. In the past, new subscribers should create a unique login that was not tied to the social network in any way.

At the F8 developers conference last week, Mark Zuckerberg has announced a number of media partnerships that will bring content directly to pages. One of the social network’s music parters is Spotify.

When users connect their accounts to Spotify, their activities will become visible to their friends. If a number of people listen to the same playlist or album, it will appear in the Facebook news feed as a playable item. Also, a feature that will enable users to listen to the same song at the same time, which was leaked by a Facebook employee, will be available soon.

“I think it’s going to mean that things spread even faster than before. An artist that gets picked up is going to spread faster within a market and also between markets,” Gustav Sodestrom, Spotify’s chief product officer, told the Telegraph. “I think people are going to listen to more music.”

Spotify’s move sparked an outrage on the Spotify forums, with a user asking how they could sign up without a Facebook acount. Spotify said that they can’t, and from now on, all new Spotify accounts should have a Facebook account linked to it. No word yet from the company why this is mandatory, we only assume that it is part of their deal with the social network.

If you don’t use Facebook and want to create a Spotify account, you will have to sign up for a dummy account so you can gain access.


via: Geeky Gadgets

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