Let's face it. We've all used Spotify to listen to music that we would be embarassed to advertise publically.
Whether it's kittens meowing Christmas songs, that your friends would never let you live down, or a hardcore rap album, that you wouldn't want your 8 year old cousin to go and listen to because his cool aunt or uncle likes it.
When it comes to this social music app, privacy is not a convenient bonus feature, it's a critical necessity.
Currently, the only way to listen to songs privately on Spotify, is to go to the settings and activate a private session. This is not only annoying, since I constantly have to navigate through settings to activate privacy on my phone, it's stressful because you have to worry about whether or not certain people can see what you're listening too. My primary music app should not cause anxiety about what I share publically.
From a 2011 blog post " Spotify is all about sharing and discovering new music. It’s entirely up to you what you decide to share and what you keep private."
With the first part in mind, it makes sense that spotify would default to making all of the music you listen to public to your followers but the second part is not true. Anyone can follow me on Spotify and if I have to continuously activate a private session, there will inevitably be times when I forget. As a paying customer, I should have the ability to hide what I listen to if I please and activate privacy indefinitely.
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When I sit down and listen to spotify I like to take time off from everything. However, it feels like spotify is just getting more and more connected to things! Now we have the facebook connect and recently it has started with a side tab that says "This is what your friends are listening to - updated in real time" . This tab got activated without my permission. I would like to have control over my account and would therefore request that you implement an option that turns of all sort of connection with social media networks. I know there's a similar function "private session" but this is automatically turned on and off when I have been inactive for a while. A simple button in preferences that turns all sort of connection not only the sharing of what I listen to but also what other people listen to would be great and ensure that I stick with spotify. Great work so far!
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I have 2 concerns regarding Spotify that in my opinion qualifies as privacy breaches, and I therefore have some suggestions.
1. When I press "Delete" playlist on one of the playlists created and composed by myself in my left column the playlist is NOT in reality deleted.
The playlist lives on by itself in the cloud for anyone who subscribed to that list or knows the url even after I have "deleted" it. I think the concept and the wording is really misleading and it takes away my control of my own data: Either the wording in the right-click menu should be changed to "Unlink" OR the "Delete" option should have an additional tickbox named "Flush Playlist content before deletion". 2. If I share one of the playlists created by myself with one of my friends and that playlist is NOT set to "Published" in my profile it still becomes a "Published" playlist in the profile of my friend (if he/she has the autopublish preference turned on I believe and maybe regardless of the option as well). I think I myself should be in control of my own data and therefore decide if my playlist should be a "Published" playlist or not, even when my playlist is available to others via my friends. It is still MY playlist.
Is this a conscious blurring of privacy concerns because ultimately Spotify only cares about increasing clicks and not so much about respecting the privacy of its users?
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I've been Spotify for almost 3 years now and love the new look and feel. However with all this new social integration, I am always concerned with my choices of music being revealed. I know that you can hide tracks and artists recently played from your Facebook profile and your public Spotify profile, but what about stopping that information being displayed in your own profile?
What I would really like to do is to be able to clear the 'Recently Played' list under the 'Your Music ' tab. Moreover having the option for it to disappear completely. I have looked through Google results and the forums but can't find a current way to do it.
Anyone else want this?
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I'm reopening this idea because 1) it drives me crazy and 2) it isn't logical and 3) the phone app and the online apps are conflicted. Because the program calls for me to choose to turn off a data spending feature every 6 hours of inactivity on this - a paid app - the default has to be changed to OFF. Logically it doesn't even make sense to me that if I don't want to share my playlists or any activity for that matter I should need and remember to go into an already not so user friendly interface app during my busy day to turn it off, I drive all over the US and often go through areas of roaming data - yes they are still out there - that data becomes very limited and requires turning off all background data type services restricting it's activity from running down my allotment I may need. I don't keep Facebook on my phone at all because of this type of constant issue. It may have started a social networking based app, but I believe that once it becomes the difference between premium and free I should have a legitmate point with this issue.
The conflict between the apps is that the system settings are not titled the same. On the online app on my computer I always hd my prefernces "privacy" setting unchecked for not sharing my activity. While on the downloaded app the path is settings/Social/Private Broadcast. I don't actually know for sure if I'm even broadcasting while I have the online pref set to off. If that's the case GREAT I can stop bothering with it. If not well then there is a programming misstep. Asside from them being named differntly between apps, the phone one is probably (? tech help) not accurate and can't communicate with the online setting. So do I need to bother with changing it everyday or not?? I don't know for sure. According to the awesome help from Lina in customer service and her personal understanding of this issue, its the online/laptop app that takes precident. There are users that probably use the broadcasting often but I believe there is equally as many of those who do not and don't like this "feature" and the that some probably don't even know its doing it or don't care.
LOGICALLY if someone wants to share their personal interests with the community and it times out in 6 hours THEY should be the ones to go in and turn it on for a LIVE SESSION. If they leave it on and don't remember to turn it off - then Spotify does it for them. I have never intentionally shared my activity and I don't have time to start now. It is my number one aggrevation because it's a daily sometimes more, activity. A close second will be second separate idea below. And possibly my third.
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I recently made a playlist with a boyfriend and now that we are broken up I deleted it. Yet when I go to his profile it still shows the playlist as being active, even showing that I am the creator. I don't know if this is just a glitch/bug/one time occurance, but as I am the creator of the playlist I expect the playlist to dissapear completely when I delete it. From everyone who was involved.
Is there any way to change this?
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