Spotify Is Free For Everyone But Only If You’re On Facebook
A couple months ago, I wrote an absolutely glowing review of Spotify. Not because I was forced to do it as a favor to a PR person or because everyone else had nice things to say about it, but because I was genuinely impressed by the service Spotify provided. I think that sometimes we all get a little bit spoiled by some of the newer forms of technology (listen to Louis CK‘s “Cell Phones and Flying” ASAP if you’ve never heard it) and after about 30 seconds of using Spotify, I was amazed at just how far technology has come. It seems like just yesterday I had to actually wait days, sometimes even weeks, to save up money and go to the store to buy a CD so I could listen to a song I liked. Now? I can search for it, press play, and listen to it immediately…for the same exact price per month as one single CD! Call me crazy, but that’s what I call amazing.
Recently, Spotify was opened up to the public and anyone can sign up for it. Which is great, because I’m tired of trying to convince people to jump through hoops to get it. Now, you can just go to the Spotify site, verify that you’re a Facebook member, punch in a few minor details about yourself and—bam!—you’re on Spotify. Awesome, right?
Er, yeah, I know what you’re thinking. What’s with the Facebook thing? And, it’s true. In order to enjoy Spotify now, you’ve gotta have a Facebook account. Even if you have a Facebook account that you never use or you have to create an account that you’ll never use, Spotify has basically gotten into bed with Facebook at this point and made it mandatory for anyone who has Spotify to also have Facebook. It sucks for those of you out there who are opposed to Facebook—especially in light of all the recent changes—but it’s only a minor inconvenience for those of you who are already on Facebook and a great thing for those of you who are on Facebook and want to start using Spotify to share what you’re listening to live on your Facebook account.
Now, before you get all up in arms, listen: I get it! Some of you out there don’t like being told what to do. So when you hear that you have to sign up for Facebook to use Spotify, you probably don’t like it. However, trust me when I say that you’re an idiot—yes, an idiot—if you turn down the chance to use Spotify simply because of the Facebook thing. Twenty years ago, ten years ago, even just five years ago, all of this Spotify and Facebook stuff seemed like science fiction. And while I get why some people don’t trust it all entirely, I’d advise you to seem up for Spotify ASAP if you haven’t already. It’s single-handedly changed the way I listen to music and made it easier than ever for me to share songs and albums with the people I know on Facebook.
So, what are you waiting for? Get a Facebook account (if you’re one of the six people out there who don’t have one already), get a Spotify account, and start listening now. Trust me: You’ll be glad you did.