Spotify - Did We Know Their Data Collecting Is That Extreme?


#1

Hey all,

I remember @laura opened one of her talks by explaining the terms of service of Spotify.
Yesterday a few reports emerged from people who requested their data from them according to the GDPR:
Twitter - Peter Steinberger
Twitter - Michael Veale

I have to say I was unpleasantly surprised and I did not expect it to be that extreme.
What do you think?


#2

I’d say I would have expected it. Why would they NOT store everything the can?

Btw, do you know how I listen to podcasts? (I would do the same for Music, if I wanted that)

I download them to my PC, then transfer them to my MP3 player and take it with me when I go cycling.
To me, that’s very convenient.

So: I don’t have a use for spottily service, I couldn’t’ even use it, if I wanted to.
-> Probably not the best person to comment - I still do! :slight_smile:

Thanks for bringing up this topic!


#3

Thank you, @Joachim01!
I might actaully consider consuming my media a bit more offiline myself :slight_smile:.
I do not use Spotify myself either, but a rival service that I trust more at least.
Nevertheless, I am always surprised once more when I visually see the sheer extent of the data these companies collect…


#4

On the one hand it’s always shocking and surprising to actually see the extent of the data collected, on the other hand I’m not surprised that Spotify isn’t a shining example when it comes to data parsimony.

Having said that, compared to the data I have from Apple about my 3-month trial subscription to Apple Music, Spotify’s data collection is really excessive. The entire “Apple Music Activity” folder is “just” 7,1MB and “only” contains a collection of when & which songs were played (which they probably partially need to determine payments to artists), operating system used and some meta-data like which song I’ve liked or which bands I’ve followed. No search history. No A/B testing. No other interaction data.


#5

Thank you for your insight on Apple Music, @julian!
I guess Apple is actually acceptable then when it comes to data collecting for their music service :slight_smile:.


#6

Yikes. Though I guess they can collect all sorts of things from your operating system, even more so than on the web.

Thanks for sharing!


#7

Agreed. Thanks for sharing. I don’t use spotify either but I’m better off knowing they keep too much data than not knowing.

Also, i can’t agree more with @Joachim01 : the more you consume your media and contents offline the better. The more you disconnect from the leeching services the better.

The web is ever-moving and i do hope this we-collect-your-data-to-sell-it model will eventually be outdated and decentralized, respectful services will be the new blue.