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Spotify Defends Facebook Sign-Up Requirement 286

An anonymous reader writes "Music service Spotify has got music lovers' tutus in a twist by insisting that new users have a Facebook account in order to sign up. The company has now defended the policy, stating, oddly, that the Facebook obligation would make sign-up easier."
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Spotify Defends Facebook Sign-Up Requirement

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  • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Tuesday September 27, 2011 @12:24PM (#37527664)

    But might it have something to do with the fact that Sean Parker [] and Peter Thiel [], the guys who funded Spotify's recent move to the U.S., also still happen to own a significant percentage of Facebook?

    Nah, that's just cynical crazy-talk. It's just to make the sign-up easier for us consumers.

  • Facebook karma (Score:4, Interesting)

    by SoupGuru ( 723634 ) on Tuesday September 27, 2011 @12:32PM (#37527778)
    Facebook has been doing some questionable things lately, which is interesting considering they have an up-and-coming contender in Google+ to compete against.

    There have been murmurings about the privacy stuff and general griping going on for a while now but there was no "real" alternative. Then G+ goes live and Facebook makes some pretty big interface changes. I figure a lot of people just Facebook because it's comfortable and cozy... but when you introduce a crapload of new things and push people out of their comfort zone that just makes checking out G+ that much easier.

    Now they just keep doing things to dare people to leave
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 27, 2011 @12:40PM (#37527870)

  • by bogaboga ( 793279 ) on Tuesday September 27, 2011 @12:46PM (#37527946)

    "...The company has now defended the policy, stating, oddly, that the Facebook obligation would make sign-up easier."

    I guess the questions are:

    1: Why not let me the user determine that?"

    2: Why not pitch the idea that I might find Facebook signing easier?

    The end result will be easier and better for Spotify but guess what, I am gone!

  • No more privacy... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MaWeiTao ( 908546 ) on Tuesday September 27, 2011 @12:52PM (#37528026)

    The funny thing is how Spotify spams Facebook's life stream with what you're listening to. I'm sure the music industry loves that, constant free advertising. And most people will just go along with that because it's a fun new feature. Privacy doesn't even enter into the equation.

    Unfortunately, there's no viable competitor to Facebook out there. Facebook has stolen a lot of Google+'s thunder. They've introduced a bunch of new features, including matching a lot of what Google+ offered. Google could prove me wrong but I think Google+ is another one of these things that will linger for a few years before they finally kill it like so many other things they've done. And it's not like Google is a paragon of privacy.

    And whatever happened to Diaspora?

  • by jalefkowit ( 101585 ) <`jason' `at' `'> on Tuesday September 27, 2011 @12:53PM (#37528036) Homepage

    Indeed. If Facebook wanted Spotify to become Facebook Music, you would have thought that they could have at least had the class to buy Spotify and give the owners a payout. I suppose there's a reason why "Facebook" and "class" aren't words you think of together too often, though.

    Part of me wonders if Facebook didn't give them the old Offer You Can't Refuse, the way Microsoft used to do in the old days. Back when Windows was the monoculture, Microsoft could extract enormous concessions from potential partners simply by threatening to dump a competing product into Windows and give it away for free if they didn't play ball. One could certainly see Facebook having similar leverage over any social service; so many people are on Facebook now that if FB picked up a Spotify competitor (say, rdio []), rebranded it as Facebook Music, and gave it away 100% free, Spotify's business model would be in serious jeopardy. That gives Facebook a pretty big hammer to wield over Spotify at the negotiating table.

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