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:


At 1:31 PM, Blogger ulrik said...

When are you releasing a source package that can truly bear the name of a "Debian package" (that can be built on all of debian's release architectures)?

At 1:49 PM, Blogger stockholm said...

We won't be able to do that as long as the music industrie doesnt change fundamentally. We would violate our agreements by doing that. This stuff is inheritently non-free.

At 4:00 PM, Blogger Petteri said...

Thanks for the effort. Running this at my Debian Sid desktop now and it works nicely. Couple of crashes and scrolling is slow, but overall I am really happy.

At 5:10 PM, Blogger Charles said...

Thank you for the application. I cannot login. Maybe it is because I have a Spotify Unlimited account and not a Premium Account.

Would it be possible to open the Qt application also for Unlimited users ?

At 5:16 PM, Blogger stockholm said...

Actually I expect that to happen, I myself don't see a reason not to. I will ask the people who decide stuff like that.

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Martin-Éric said...

spotify-client-gnome-support cannot be installed on Ubuntu/Lucid, because it depends upon a newer version of gconf2 than what's in Lucid. Could this be fixed?

At 6:32 PM, Blogger sapphire said...

Great work!! Keep rocking!
All the best from Bosnia and Herzegovina!

At 8:17 AM, Blogger stockholm said...

In the new version (released just now) we fixed both the lucid issue and problem with the unlimited subscriptions.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Petteri said...

It seems that the scrolling and window painting issues are even more obvious in this new version. Maybe you guys are using so 3D-rendering effects or something like that makes the app really slow.

At 9:31 AM, Blogger stockholm said...

We tried more conservative compiler options this time around to avoid crashes we got reports on. perhaps i386 is no longer state of the art... :-)


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