Spotify’s changes come as increased competition from Apple Music is in place and iOS 9 promises to do very interesting things with voice control and location based cues for Apple Music playlists and actions this fall.
Depending on the type of device that you use to interact with the Service and your settings, we may also collect information about your location based on, for example, your phone’s GPS location or other forms of locating mobile devices (e.g., Bluetooth). We may also collect sensor data (e.g., data about the speed of your movements, such as whether you are running, walking, or in transit).
Can You Use Spotify Without Agreeing to the Policy?
This is why some users are quitting the service and telling the world about their decision.
People are Quitting Spotify
On Twitter the hashtag #QuitSpotify is among several variants from users who are complaining to the company on social media and quitting the service.
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Spotify Explains Why it Wants Your Data
Photos: We will never access your photos without explicit permission and we will never scan or import your photo library or camera roll. If you give us permission to access photos, we will only use or access images that you specifically choose to share. Those photos would only be used in ways you choose and control – to create personalized cover art for a playlist or to change your profile image, for example.
Location: We will never gather or use the location of your mobile device without your explicit permission. We would use it to help personalize recommendations or to keep you up to date about music trending in your area. And if you choose to share location information but later change your mind, you will always have the ability to stop sharing.
Voice: We will never access your microphone without your permission. Many people like to use Spotify in a hands-free way, and we may build voice controls into future versions of the product that will allow you to skip tracks, or pause, or otherwise navigate the app. You will always have the ability to disable voice controls.
Contacts: We will never scan or import your contacts without your permission. Spotify is a social platform and many people like to share playlists and music they discover with their friends. In the future, we may want to give you the ability to find your friends on Spotify by searching for Spotify users in your contacts if you choose to do that.
You Can Limit Spotify Sharing Your Data
Go to your Spotify profile and uncheck, “Yes, share my information with third parties,” at the bottom and then choose Save Profile.