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Facebook registration required?

What is it with Senzari and Spotify thinking that its ok to require a user to sign up for a third party registration (Facebook) in order to use your service? I don't have a Facebook account and I don't want one. I was even willing to pay a monthly fee to use Spotify until they told me I had to use a Facebook account to log in. Their FAQ section politely informed me that if I didn't have a Facebook account I could sign up for a "dummy account", forcing me to sign up for someone elses service and provide my information to another party just to use your service. It's ridiculous and it will end up costing Senzari and Spotify money because I, am I'm sure many others will continue to use Pandora and other services that don't require a Facebook registration.
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  • I’m undecided
    I think you're in the minority. Facebook is fast becoming identity on the web and it's hard to thing that the majority of users want extra log-ins, although I accept that Senzari should cater to you. I personally find Spotify's facebook connection a bit creepy.
    • I agree that I am in the minority, a very small minority, and I supposed I could use a dummy Facebook account and everything would be fine. I was more so lamenting on how odd this type of interdependence is as a business model.

      Spotify used to provide their own registration and has since removed it in favor of requiring a Facebook account and I can't understand why it isn't an option instead of a mandate. What of the privacy and security concerns?

      I hardly think an extra log-in would turn someone away from signing up for a music streaming service. It feels to me that requiring a Facebook account registration does little harm but no good for users. Especially when a Facebook account log in could be an option along side native registration.

      If Facebook were to go the way of MySpace, Senzari would have to adapt anyway. Either providing their own registration or requiring some other third party option. This surely can't be better for business than providing their own registration from the beginning could it?
    • I don't want to use facebook to log in either!! How about allowing google or something else??
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  • Here is my take as a new user. The reasons for using Facebook should be clear from a look at the front page of the Senzari blog. Notice the Radio+Friends. The 'Friends' is for the social aspect and Facebook is currently the largest variety of that in the US. It provided an easy first mechanism, but it does unnecessarily limit the market for new users. Senzari is using GetSatisfaction for feedback and just look at the variety of identity mechanisms they offer. There is a reason for that. Not everyone has any one type of account. Eventually, when Senzari is ready to charge for extra services, they should also support non-social identity accounts whether OpenID, their own, or both. Some people do want Radio (minus Friends). Though I have some social accounts, I do not really use them and would rather not be forced to. Pandora accepts my money just fine. Why would Senzari turn it down?
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  • I think that's the main point behind Senzari though. They leverage your Facebook connection to improve your listening experience, which is an advantage they have over Pandora, Slacker, etc. I HATE facebook connection because usually it's just unnecessary for the sites I use and I agree that there should usually be a separate option for those sites. However, the idea of leveraging my fb network to improve my music discovery/internet radio experience is intriguing because one of the best places where I hear about new music is from friends. Throw in some fun algorithms to aid in building my station and I think you're on to something. I think Spotify realizes the value of this as they've partnered heavily with fb recently.
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    IMHO, i just want to listen to music. Atleast allow openID access through openID or google/etc.
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