Monday, July 12, 2010

Spotify on Linux

After several years of only having Windows and Mac clients, we at Spotify are really excited to release a qt-based Linux desktop client. The port was quite smooth after all the work we’ve done for other platforms that we’ve developed (iPhone, Android, several set-top boxes with Linux, Symbian, etc).

Being the Debian shop we are, we packaged it right away and are now happy to provide the client as a deb. It is regularly auto-built and tested by all our developers working on debian (and even ubuntu) whenever they want to listen to one or more of our 8*10^6 tracks. (One lonely fedora college prepared a rpm, too! Its not up yet, though.)

Add this to your sources.list files and aptitude install spotify-client-qt to check it out:

deb stable non-free

There is some additional infrastructure in the package spotify-client-gnome-support (same repository) so that you can click on links to open tracks, interact with Facebook and other, useful websites etc.

As we haven’t found a reliable way to display ads yet, this version is only available to Spotify Premium subscribers.

Additional information about the archive key etc can be found here: