Spotify adds 'temporary' private listening mode after Facebook backlash
We're not Zuckerberg's bitch... bitch
Spotify tried to placate its unhappy users today after they were herded into Facebook's reservation in a deal between the two companies.
Users of Spotify's service suddenly started seeing their music playlists and history shared with their stalkerbase on Facebook. The onus was placed on individuals to then manually turn the thing off to stop it broadcasting to the world the tunes they were listening to.
"We're rolling out a new client as we speak where you can temporarily hide your guilty pleasures. It works like a browser's private mode," Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said today.
"We call it 'private listening' and you can find it in the Spotify/File menu and toggle it on/off."
He later tweeted: "Temporarily means that it works for this session. If you want to turn it off completely you can do so in preferences."
Earlier this week Ek was forced to clarify the deal his firm had signed with Mark Zuckerberg, a move that underscored why the Facebook supremo possesses the world's largest social network.
"I just want to clarify: some users seem to believe we're forcing existing users to be FB. We only require FB for new users," he tweeted.
But Ek is convinced that Spotify's userbase is "social" and so rounding them all up – eventually – onto Zuckerberg's ranch is a natural progression for the service that wants to star on Web2.0's biggest stage. ®
What an utter cock...He twatted...
""I just want to clarify: some users seem to believe we're forcing existing users to be FB. We only require FB for new users," he tweeted."
Well, that's my Spotify account neutered...
Oh, hang on..I haven't got one.Nor,now, will i ever have one.
Well done there Spotify. Alienate potential new customer who fucking detest facebook et-all....
And they want me to pay for my music...Not with that business model...
I'm trying to do the 'right thing' by paying money to Spotify for music I listen to. I'm getting increasingly pissed off with all this crap they keep adding. I don't want to "invite my US friends to join", I don't want to integrate with Facebook, I don't want everyone to see what I'm listening to. I just want to pay (hopefully some of that money gets back to the artists) to legally listen to any music I want whenever I want.
"you can temporarily hide your guilty pleasures."
And here lies the crucial confusion that Faceborg units have between privacy, and concealment.
Wishing to not share your every movement with the internet does not mean that you are hiding something.