How Spotify and Rdio Are De-Socializing Music Streaming

From Billboard:

Streaming music is inherently more social than downloading music. But Spotify and Rdio got a bit less social this week.

Music subscription service Rdio debuted Protected Accounts on Tuesday. The new accounts allow users to approve new followers before they can see their music collections, playlists, listening activity and profile. Users also have the ability to turn off the flow of information Rdio sends to external sites like Facebook and Last.fm. If you don’t want Facebook friends following what you’re listening to on Rdio, you can turn off that spigot of information.

This week Spotify took another small step to de-socialize its service when it started allowing U.S.-based users to create new accounts using email rather than Facebook Connect

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