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Spotify Comes to Linux

256Popular 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 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 –recv-keys 4E9CFF4E
    • gpg –export 4E9CFF4E |sudo apt-key add -

Tango Spotify icon by toruzz, Spotify Screenshot by leejarratt