[Desktop][Connect] Remove the facebook panel

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[Desktop][Connect] Remove the facebook panel

GubmentCheez
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This is now mandatory for people who aren't interested in using it. Clicking the button opens a facebook login page which facebook uses to track, even if you are not a facebook member.

My idea is to remove this forced feature from spotify. At the bare minimum make it opt-in only. When we first open the app, ask if we want to connect to Facebook in the pane, then have the pane go away if we decline. In the options have a setting for facebook login that will re-enable this pane if anyone wants to use it.

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Xenia
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Hey there @GubmentCheez,

 

Thanks for reaching out about this here in the Community!

 

If you don't want to see the Friend Feed you should be able to switch it off completely in the app Settings:

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Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any further questions 🙂

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DanielAlejandro
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Plan

Premium

Country

USA

Device

Custom Desktop, Intel i7 CPU, Nvidia GPU, Solid-state hard drive

Operating System

Windows 10

 

My Question or Issue

I have canceled my premium membership because the Facebook panel on the desktop was too f’n annoying. I f’n hate facebook.

 

Signed up for premium. Less than half an hour later I was canceling. I wanted music, not f’n Facebook.

Novy
Moderator
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Hey there @DanielAlejandro

 

Thanks for reaching out here in the Community 🙂

 

We're sorry to hear that you feel like this. Keep in mind that you can hide the Friends Activity tab following the steps you'll find here.

 

If anything else comes up, we're always a message away. 

 

Cheers.

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GubmentCheez
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Saw this. Felt it was appropriate. Hope it's okay, Mods~♥

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burningineffigy
Visitor

It real simple - turn this off by defualt. Seriously spotify, why would you affiliate yourselves with the worlds leading privacy dumpster fire, let alone force an interface option on us? Any answer you have provided is just rhetoric - sounds nice, but if you meant what you said about testing, you would have ASKED us first. I just want my music, not to be presented with alternative revenue sources and interface options that only benefit spotify. 

Ozito
Newbie

Why is it now obligatory to connect to effing facebook to see what the people I'm following on spotify is listening to!?!??!?!

WHY DO YOU HAVE TO IMPLEMENT SUCH STUPID FUNCTIONS SPOTIFY DEVS!!!!!?

Jeremy
Moderator
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Hi there folks,

 

Thank you for your posts and feedback.

 

We're always testing things by adding or removing features to make Spotify better overall and we’re constantly aiming to improve our features. We’re sorry that this means you’re not able to use Spotify like you wish to do at the moment.

 

You can read more about how your feedback reaches Spotify here.

 

Once again - thanks for the feedback, we appreciate it. Let us know if we can help you with anything else. 

 

Take care!

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ruud-348
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This [cynicism on] addition to improve my user experience [cynicism off] really made me angry.  What did Facebook pay to add there Spyware at your front page?

Instead of enjoying music it took me 10 angry minutes to remove**bleep** from the home page.

It makes me wonder whether I should stay at Spotify or go to one the many other streaming services available

 

_jyut-uvqj4o
Newbie
Sorry but your explanation rings fairly hollow. This comes down to Facebook paying Spotify to put this there and not allow users to remove it. If it is a "added feature", Spotify would allow users to make a choice. As a paid subscriber, it's REALLY annoying to see it sitting there.

CarlosE
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Hey there @_jyut-uvqj4o,

 

Thanks for reaching out to the Community.

 

As @Xenia mentioned in her reply above, which is marked as a solution, you can completely remove the Friend Feed panel from the right side of the app by going to Settings and toggling the option See what your friends are playing off.

 

In case you don't see the option, let us know and send us a screenshot of the options you have so we can take a closer look and further investigate.

 

Cheers!

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GubmentCheez
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Hi. Original poster here. I don't think Facebook pays to integrate with services. Additionally there are options available in the settings, as indicated in Xenia's answer, to control the visibility of the facebook panel. Please follow those instructions before judging Spotify for implementing a feature that some people find useful. 

As of writing this message I still see the option to enable and disable the panel as I desire. If you do not see that option, please post a screenshot here so the developers can see exactly what you are experiencing.

For example, here is a screenshot showing my settings that show the Facebook panel disabled.

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Jahf
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Turning this on and not giving a stupidly obvious option in the settings (ie, there should be a toggle OFF for Facebook connect next to the Facebook icon in the settings) put me in a short rage mode today.

Stop doing this kind of thing. I don't care you added it. I care the UI was enabled by default. If you want to present new options to users make it an option to turn it on. If you want to enable it on first install, fine, but don't turn it on when upgrading an install.

All you're doing is proving you CAN update the UX but that you're ignoring some of the most upvoted UX requests going for years now.
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Xenia
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Hey there @GubmentCheez,

 

Thanks for reaching out about this here in the Community!

 

If you don't want to see the Friend Feed you should be able to switch it off completely in the app Settings:

tempsnip.png

 

Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any further questions 🙂

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elcaribu
Visitor

Also you can remove the Facebook frame here:

 

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[...] > [View] > [Friend Activity]

Gwengus
Newbie

**bleep** thank you so much

sweeth0lic
Casual Listener
Hi! This solution, at least since the newest UI update, doesn't work! The damn thing still sits there covering a fifth of the app and it's extremely infuriating 🙂

CarlosE
Moderator
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Hey @sweeth0lic,

 

Thanks for posting on this thread. We're happy to help.

 

That's odd. We can confirm that it has worked in the newest UI, as shown in the screenshots sent in this thread. Try logging out and back in after you've toggled the option See what your friends are playing off. Any changes?

 

If the Friend activity column remains there, could you send us a screenshot where we can see your app's settings under Display? We'd also like to know the make and OS version of the device where this is happening.

 

Keep us posted. We'll be looking out for your reply.

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antoinetteayers
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same here.  I'll reboot my computer this evening to see if it takes it off, but I've closed the app at least 3 times and opened back up and the FB panel is still there.  Quite annoying and disappointing to have to spend time searching for a solution.  It should really be removed especially for customers paying premium amounts to avoid ads.

 

and yes, changed the settings.

 

Novy
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Hey there @antoinetteayers

 

Thanks for reaching out about this. 

 

If the Friend Feed is still showing up after rebooting your computer, could you send over a screenshot where we can confirm that the setting is toggled off?

 

It would also be helpful to know the exact app version you're currently running. 

 

We'll be on the lookout for your reply.

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Hey @antoinetteayers

 

Thanks for this info. 

 

Could you send over the screenshot where we can confirm that the settings are correct?

 

If possible, could you ask a friend or a family member to log in to their personal account using your device to see if they can replicate this?

 

Keep us posted.

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