Since Facebook and Spotify partnered up to bring Open Graph music sharing to the masses, Spotify has required that users register for their service using their Facebook accounts.
Anyone that attempts to sign up for Spotify today will either have their Facebook info automatically filled in (if they're logged into Facebook) or they will see a message that states, "You need a Facebook account to register for Spotify. If you have an account, just log in below to register. If you don’t have a Facebook account, get one by clicking the ‘create an account’ link below."
It's simple - Spotify and Facebook are inextricably linked. Well, at least in every country but one.
German users no longer have to posses a Facebook account to sign up for Spotify. The company confirmed the new policy to Digital Music News, saying,
We are introducing this new sign-up option in order to offer non-Facebook-connected users in Germany a choice of ways to access Spotify. Spotify remains absolutely committed to our global strategic partnership with Facebook.
Lucky Germans, some might say. Although a Facebook-less sign-up option would probably be pretty popular in other countries, Spotify told The Next Web that they "have no plans to replicate this in any other markets."
As far as the Spotify-Facebook relationship goes, a quick look at your news feed will show you that at least a significant portion of the population is a-ok with it. Facebook just added a "Listen" button on artists' Timeline page that allows users to instantly check out new music via one of the music-oriented Facebook Open Graph apps (most likely Spotify).
And yesterday we told you that Facebook was testing a "Share Music" option in the status update bar that allows users to search the Spotify catalog for their current earworm and share it with friends.
Spotify launched In Germany back in March, and it was a little late to the party. While Spotify cited the language barrier as the issue, many speculated that the real reason had something to do with the country's strict licensing policies.