Beats Music isn’t even on the market, yet their newly-tapped CEO is now beefing with almost every other streaming music service on the planet. In a jabbing and sharply-worded attack this week, CEO Ian Rogers slammed competing services like Spotify for ‘barfing everything onto Facebook’ and creating all sorts of unnecessary noise and confusion.
“I promise you Beats Music will not do the ‘barf everything you play on Facebook’ bullshit. If your music service is currently barfing every track you play to Facebook, turn that shit off.”
Guess that means Beats Music won’t be auto-sharing songs onto Facebook feeds, at least by default. But Rogers took the accusations further by noting that streaming services are using Facebook feeds to selfishly promote themselves, not to foster greater social connectivity or discovery.
“This feature was always a bad idea. It’s as if Instagram uploaded every photo you take with your phone.”
Rogers picked on MOG most incessantly, the service recently purchased by Beats that was a strong adherent of Facebook sharing and communal listening. MOG’s founder and CEO, David Hyman, is not part of the new organization.
Rogers may be touching a nerve among music fans, though in reality, Spotify is the real auto-connecting elephant in this room. Indeed, Spotify has pissed off more than a few users by re-connecting and auto-posting songs into Facebook, while lodging a massive number of tracking cookies onto local machines. But they’ve also used the integration to add a massive number of new users.
Beats has other ideas for acquiring and retaining users. Which brings us to this: a detailed guide for disconnecting almost any music service – and app – from Facebook, courtesy of Rogers.
And, to disconnect MOG from Facebook, login to MOG.com, choose Account in the top navigation, then Social, then Disconnect Facebook.
Written while listening to Taylor Swift.
Image by skley@flickr, modified under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).