Disconnect Your Music Service from Facebook Now

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After too many comments on my Facebook for what Lucinda is listening to on Sonos via MOG, I’ve disconnected MOG from Facebook.

This feature was always a bad idea. It’s as if Instagram uploaded every photo you take with your phone. It was, as Antony Bruno said, “Not a music discovery feature, it’s a music service discovery feature.” On that level I suppose it was effective. I can’t wait for music services to stop doing this by default.

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. Here’s how you do it in a variety of players:

To disconnect MOG from Facebook, login to MOG.com, choose Account in the top navigation, then Social, then Disconnect Facebook.

Here’s how to do it in other players.

How to disconnect Spotify from Facebook
How to disconnect Pandora from Facebook
How to disconnect Songza from Facebook
How to disconnect Rdio from Facebook
How to disconnect Rhapsody from Facebook

How to stop any app from sharing activity on Facebook

Now go put on a guilty pleasure and dance your ass off in front of the full-length mirror.

ian

Comments

  1. Mike Fabio wrote:

    While I agree that this Facebook feature doesn’t serve so much as a music discovery tool as a vast advertisement for music services, I’m not sure this is a compelling argument for disconnecting altogether.

    On the one hand, there may be plans to improve this feature down the road – I really have no idea – and the only way to ensure there’s enough data there to provide useful recommendations is to feed it in.

    I also completely understand the need to block so-called guilty pleasures from public prying eyes. Personally I’m not concerned about this, but I can understand how some people would want that info censored. For them, there’s always “private playing” modes (I believe at least Spotify and Rdio offer these).

    But I think the real thing to keep in mind here is that it’s not really a problem of the music services, but a problem of Facebook. Facebook’s algorithms aren’t smart enough to make any sense of the data the music services are pouring out (let alone anomalies and bad data, as in your example). In addition to feeding my music listening habits to Facebook, I’m also scrobbling on Last.fm (have been since 2004), and I can tell you that at the end of every year I go back and pore over my data to reminisce about the year that was (it’s great for top 10 lists!). I’m not about to espouse the benefits of Last.fm – I don’t need to tell anyone it was a successful experiment, that led to nothing – but I’m going to say that it at least makes some modicum of sense from my listening habits that Facebook doesn’t even being to touch.

    I believe there is value in mass data sharing – “barfing” probably is the right word – but without the tools to make sense of it all, it’s nothing more than useless blips on my friends’ radars.

  2. John Jacobus wrote:

    SoundCloud does this as well. Here’s how to disable it: http://help.soundcloud.com/customer/portal/articles/323150-how-do-i-disconnect-facebook-

  3. cybeardjm wrote:

    In Privacy settings/Apps, you can select the visibility for each app. E.g. all the music services I test are set to “Only Me”. I then can see what’s shared but no one can see it.

    Or you can remove the ability to share posts on your behalf (This app can also…).

  4. cybeardjm wrote:

    But you’re right, this feature is not as useful as it should be (music recommendation, music sharing…), and the opengraph on music tracks/albums is mostly ridiculous…
    BTW, who’s ever used the facebook.com/music page?

  5. ben wrote:

    you can also just disable sending play activity (at least on mog) through the social settings dialog in the account menu.

  6. AJ Sher wrote:

    Another way to do it is to disconnect from Facebook (or go the route I did and never bother signing up for a facebook account in the first place).

  7. heddanewman wrote:

    luckily I have a disco ball hanging in my office so the afternoon dance break is always at the ready.

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