Spotify tries to clarify its new terms without scaring away customers
Music streaming service Spotify recently announced it would be changing its terms of service and stressed it would be better. However, whatÂ followed apparently scared users and now the company is trying to explain what it means -- damage control mode.
In a blog post simply titled "Sorry", CEO David Ek attempts to allay fears. Spotify apparently was getting a lot of negative feedback due to the confusion over what various parts of these conditions mean.
He then proceeds through various things. For instance he promises that Spotify will only access photos the user has given permission for. And that these images can be picked by the customer, not just a big upload of the whole camera roll.
Location, he explains, also requires user permission and will only be used to alert the customer to trending music in their area. You can also elect to change your mind on sharing later if you opted in at all.
When it comes to voice, Ek points out "We will never access your microphone without your permission. Many people like to use Spotify in a hands-free way, and we may build voice controls into future versions of the product that will allow you to skip tracks, or pause, or otherwise navigate the app. You will always have the ability to disable voice controls".
As for contacts, it also requires user permission and will be used for sharing playlists with friends who are also on the service.
Ek attempts to make things sound much less terrifying to users. It remains to be seen if he succeeds or not. The sad fact is that most people don't read these things, they just click "OK". Apparently, in this case, enough read it to warrant an explanation.
Who is Alan Buckingham?
Is Ghacks doing Guest Authors/Articles
I’ve seen his name on the masthead since I learned of ghacks a couple of years ago.
I always considered Spotify as a circus. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Clown, CEO David Ek.
Back in “96/97” RealAudio was caught spying on users
via their RealPlayer… The negative reaction was
so great and sustained that Real never recovered.
Grandpa, what was Spotify? Well, Jimmy, it was a …
I have removed and deleted my account. Not sure why a music streaming service needs access to my pictures and contacts. Done GoodBye..
The idea that they’d even want access to this sort of thing is troubling to me.
That said, after this news broke I was reminded to finally uninstall Spotify. Beyond not using it for anything, playing the waiting game for it to support file formats that would allow me full access to the 10k+ files in my media library was getting tiresome and it just wasn’t worth having it sit around any longer.
I’m not a fan of spotify, but I think they’d probably do better having the music player software as a restricted product, and things like voice control features or camera/photo access as additional plugin type apps you need to install as extras. If users want the features they just get the app
What’s the other option? Using Apple music that already does whatever Spotify wants to do, but without asking permission?
The best option continues to be to build and maintain your own digital music collection.
I could be wrong but wasn’t there some change about how credit cards will be shared? I almost switched from Google Play Music to Spotify but… after this I am going to keep my $8 a month Google Play All Access.