Popular music streaming service ‘Spotify’ have today announced a preview release of a native Linux build of 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.”
Installing the package is a bit of a faff: –
- Open up Software Sources from the System > Administration sub-menu
- Add the following line as a new source and name it ‘spotify':
- deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free
- Reload/update your sources
- Now run: –
- 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 -