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At Last: Spotify Comes to Linux With Native Client

256The popular music streaming service ‘Spotify’ has today announced a preview release of a native Linux build for their desktop media player.

Until now Linux users of the service had to use Spotify through Wine – which whilst not an overly bad solution was not as integrated or elegant as a native version provides.

The current preview of the desktop app only works with premium accounts for now because Spotify have yet to find “…a reliable way to display ads [so] this version is only available to Spotify Premium subscribers.”

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Install

Installing the package is a bit of a faff: –

Open up Software Sources from the System > Administration sub-menu and add the following line as a new source and name it ‘spotify':

deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free

Reload/update your sources. Then run the following in a new Terminal window:

sudo apt-get install spotify-client-qt spotify-client-gnome-support

The GPG keys needed to verify the repos can be added like so via the terminal: –

gpg –keyserver wwwkeys.de.pgp.net –recv-keys 4E9CFF4E && gpg –export 4E9CFF4E |sudo apt-key add -

Tango Spotify icon by toruzz, Spotify Screenshot by leejarratt