Since launching its integration with Facebook last week, users of the service have complained about the fact that all of their listening activities are automatically published to Facebook.
The upside of this sort of integration is that you can share with friends what you’re listening to without friction. The downside is that your guilty pleasures are on display. You can disconnect the service from Facebook — but that means giving up the ability to play tracks while browsing friends’ Facebook pages.
Spotify updated its desktop app Thursday with a feature called “Private Listening.” It works like the “incognito” or “private browsing” in your web browser and keeps your Spotify activity off of Facebook as long as you are in that mode.
Spotify announced the feature on its Twitter account. To access the feature, update your Spotify client (it should happen automatically) and from the File (Windows) or Spotify (Mac) window, select “Private Listening.”
Spotify’s more controversial move — which limits new signups to users with a Facebook account — remains in effect. But hey, at least you can listen to Journey’s Greatest Hits on repeat without fear of online teasing.
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