Spotify in Ubuntu

Those with a keen eye may have noticed Spotify running in the screen shot from my return to Linux post yesterday. As it turns out, installing Spotify in Linux (and I’m sure this may become a more common scenario as I delve deeper into Ubuntu) is not quite as straightforward as it is on Windows or Mac OS X. In fact, on their web site Spotify list Windows and Mac as the only supported platforms. However, all is not lost, as there are a few different ways to get Spotify running in Linux.

The first way is to use the Spotify Web Player, which provides a browser-based interface that allows you to run Spotify in all its glory without installing the application, thus removing any dependency on what operating system is used. All you need to do is navigate to and login to start listening.

If you don’t fancy the web player and want to actually install the application in Linux, Spotify does provide a Spotify for Linux preview build, which basically means they do their best to provide an application for use in Linux but it’s not officially supported so it may be buggy and they’re not responsible if it doesn’t work. That said, I’ve been using it for a little while now and have not had any issues whatsoever. It works as flawlessly as on Windows or Mac. The installation was pretty straightforward, the preview web page has some Terminal instructions which worked a charm – the commands below entered in sequence:

jon@holato:~$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

When gedit opens then add the Spotify repository to the file and save:

deb stable non-free

sources.list (-etc-apt) - gedit
sources.list (-etc-apt) – gedit
jon@holato:~$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 94558F59
jon@holato:~$ sudo apt-get update
jon@holato:~$ sudo apt-get install spotify-client

And that’s it. Spotify will be installed and in no time you’ll be able to launch and run it locally on your Linux desktop.

The final way to get Spotify running under Linux is to use Wine, and I must confess I don’t know much about this method at all however I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it, but essentially it’s a program that allows applications designed for Windows to run on Unix-based operating systems.

And those are some of the various ways to run Spotify in Linux. Personally I prefer the second approach of installing the preview build but to each their own. The most important thing is that it works, and my dependency on Windows or Mac is reduced as one of my favorite, everyday programs works great in Ubuntu.

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