I’ve always been an advocate in using the best service without having to be tied another. Spotify recently revealed that while it is finally no longer an invitation-only club, it is opening its doors to everyone – with a catch. For those who’ve always loathed the social network but have been anticipating Spotify’s release – you are not going to like this.
You now must have a Facebook account in order to sign up for Spotify.
No, I don’t mean that you must have a Facebook account in order to use Spotify’s Facebook-related features or in order to have a list of the songs you’re listening to appear on the social network.
You must have a Facebook account in order to sign up for the music streaming service.
When I asked the folks at Spotify to clarify what exactly is happening, I was told that all new Spotify accounts now require a Facebook account as part of a worldwide initiative:
To us, this is all about creating an amazing new world of music discovery. To make this as good and simple as it possibly can be, we’ve integrated Spotify login with Facebook login. By adopting Facebook’s login, we’ve created a simple and seamless social experience. Once a user is logged in they can control what they share with each of their networks from the preferences menu in Spotify.
Those who already had a Spotify account prior to this change are not affected. They can still have Spotify accounts which aren’t linked to Facebook in any way. (Though they are certainly offered the opportunity to connect the music streaming service to the social network in order to share what they’re listening to with their friends.)
Additionally, while a Facebook account is required in order to sign up for a Spotify account, users don’t actually need to actively use the social network. This means you could create a Facebook account just for the purpose of using Spotify — and then ditch it entirely. You can now wipe the sweat off your face now.