Spotify Apologizes for Using Your Music To Spy on Your Fans

Digital Music News reports again today on the latest Spotify debacle, this time data mining from pretty much everything users do on the service including mining their contacts.

In our new privacy policy, we indicated that we may ask your permission to access new types of information, including photos, mobile device location, voice controls, and your contacts.

Let’s be clear–there’s really no reason for anyone to have a Spotify account if they’re not coming to the service because of some artist’s music.  So how they treat fans is very important.

Explain to me exactly why Spotify needs your fans’ contacts when you’ve already created the motivation to send the fan to Spotify in the first place?

And even if they could get the data mining into some socially acceptable format, do you think they are doing this for free or are they selling the data out the back door?