Spotify has been pulling in new users by the boatload since it appeared in America a few months ago. The announcement last week that the music streaming service was being integrated with Facebook will likely serve to swell its ranks even more. But users that decided to jump on the bandwagon now that Spotify is open to all have suddenly found that they must sign in with a Facebook account to get access.
New users that hit the Spotify sign up page are now confronted by a message informing them they must either sign in with Facebook, or create a Facebook account. A Spotify employee posted to a heated Get Satisfaction thread today to expand on the new policy. Yes, new users have to sign in with Facebook, and that’s just the way it is. Existing users are currently unaffected, but no one has to actively use Facebook features in Spotify.
With over 800 million users, most new Spotify sign-ups will already have a Facebook account. But with the frequent security concerns, we have to question the wisdom of forcing people to use Facebook. Would this make you less likely to checkout the free Spotify service?