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Want to listen to Spotify? Sign up for Facebook

September 26, 2011 | 12:22 pm

Status update from Spotify: No Facebook account, no music.

Last week, Spotify nabbed a starring role at Facebook's annual developer conference. Spotify is one of the streaming music services that is making a big play for the 800 million users on Facebook.

Now if you want to listen to music on Spotify, you have to hand over your Facebook credentials.

Spotify Visitors to the Spotify sign-up pages are greeted with the message: "You need a Facebook account to register for Spotify. If you have an account, just log in below to register. If you don't have a Facebook account, get one by clicking the 'create an account' link below."

For music fans who don't want to join Facebook, that's not integration, it's coercion.

The solution? On the company's Get Satisfaction account, a Spotify employee suggests users create fake Facebook accounts and "add nothing to it and make it totally private."


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