Spotify recently levied a giant new update that Wired boiled down to the scariest points:
Spotify wants to see and collect your photos and messages.
It doesn’t actually need to, so it’s unclear why this is even on the table—unless they’re trying to create another social media platform on their interface.
Spotify wants to know your location and how fast you’re moving.
Maybe city-based playlists? The moving part is not all that weird because part of this update is to cull music for running playlists, which are pretty cool, I’ve used them on my own account. The music’s tempo matches your speed.
Spotify wants to be friends with you on Facebook.
This is probably to gain access to whatever other images, information and data they missed in the first part of this update.
If you’re not interested in these updates, Spotify will show you the door.
Customers should have the option to opt out, which we don’t right now.
On one hand, this could be the time to transfer all of those playlists you’ve been meaning to re-make in Apple Music and cut off Spotify. Or, you could just settle into a puddle of tears that this is what listening to music today has come to, Skynet from The Terminator.
“Twitter doesn’t need your photos. But it’s nice that I can post a photo,” explains Ek. “Similarly, I’d argue it’s a nice thing that I can upload a photo to my playlist to personalize it.” So it’s clear that the photos addition isn’t to harvest all of your nudes like some crazy jealous ex, but to introduce a new feature to change profile pictures or personalize playlist photos. That makes a lot more sense than stealing your entire camera roll. Equally, Ek reveals that the contacts addition is for a new way to find friends that use Spotify rather than a evil way to harvest your address book and prank call your mom.
We will never access your photos without explicit permission and we will never scan or import your photo library or camera roll. If you give us permission to access photos, we will only use or access images that you specifically choose to share.
We will never gather or use the location of your mobile device without your explicit permission. We would use it to help personalize recommendations or to keep you up to date about music trending in your area. And if you choose to share location information but later change your mind, you will always have the ability to stop sharing.
We will never access your microphone without your permission.
We will never scan or import your contacts without your permission. Spotify is a social platform and many people like to share playlists and music they discover with their friends. In the future, we may want to give you the ability to find your friends on Spotify by searching for Spotify users in your contacts if you choose to do that.
I think I’m going to listen to old physical mixtapes today while pouring out a little PG Tips.
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Image via Spotify.