Spotify and Facebook recently took their "relationship status" to the next level, introducing a whole host of new features tightly integrates the music service with the social network. However, some users have not taken to kindly to certain changes, including how Spotify now tells all your Facebook friends what you are listening to, in real-time.
Thankfully, for this particular feature at least, there is a simple workaround to stop it from happening, saving you the embarrassment of Facebook telling your entire network of friends that you enjoy jamming out to the Jonas Brothers.
If you're a Spotify user who is blissfully unaware of these recent changes, then here's the lowdown:
If you have your Spotify account linked up to your Facebook account--which is now a requirement for new users, by the way--the music service will now post what song you're currently playing to your wall. Not only that, but this information will also show up in the recently introduced live news-ticker for all your friends to see.
Sound annoying? Fortunately, it isn't difficult to turn off this feature (if you want to call it that). Just fire up the Spotify player, and navigate to the Preferences. Once there, you should see a Facebook section just below the Last.fm settings. Within this setting area is a checkbox that reads "Get personal recommendations by sending music you play to Facebook's Open Graph", just untick this.
This is all you need to do to save yourself from the shame of your guilty musical pleasures going public. Not only that, but you don't even have to wade through Facebook's application or privacy settings--which we all know can be a little bit of a nightmare.
Looking for suggestions for cool geeky tracks to listen too? Why not check out GeekTech's Songs for Geeks playlist on Spotify--we don't think your Facebook friends will mind these awesome nerdy tracks from showing up in their feed, whatever your setting.
This story, "Geek Tip: Keep Spotify From Sharing Your Musical Guilty Pleasures on Facebook" was originally published by PCWorld.