Spotify has come under a lot of fire for a recent decision to force users to use Facebook to sign up for its streaming music service. The change, made not long after Facebook’s f8 developer conference on Thursday, removes the option of signing up with an email address and a password. Instead, users have to use Facebook Connect.
Here’s how Spotify explained the decision in a statement:
“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.”
Spotify goes on to explain that it believes the change makes it easier on the user, since they don’t have to remember yet another username and password.
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There are a lot of people that are unhappy with the decision. The company’s GetSatisfaction account is filled with angry and confused responses:
“I just don’t get it. Before you had access to every user of the web, and now you are restricting membership to people who like and trust Facebook. If you want to make more money, improve your service, add better features and provide a better product. It’s the only way to win the freemium battle, not ridiculous moves like this.”
Spotify is trying to leverage the reach and power of the world’s largest social network to grow its user base and distinguish itself from the competition, but has it gone too far? We’re curious about what you think, so vote in the poll we’ve included below, and let us know what you think of Spotify’s decision in the comments.
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