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Spotify Finally Launches On Linux

Gordon Kelly


Spotify Finally Launches On Linux

Linux fans you can forget about using emulators to run Spotify...

In a blog post today the ingenious streaming music company has finally announced it is feeling the love for Linux:

"Today we’re pretty happy to present a preview version of Spotify for Linux," said global community manager Andres Sehr. "Built by our brilliant developers during hack days and late nights, it shares most of the same features as our Windows and Mac OS X desktop applications. Unfortunately, there are issues regarding decoding of local music on the Linux platform so we haven’t included support for local files in this version."

Since the Linux build isn't final, Sehr also warns it won't be eligible for tech support but he promises "we’re running it ourselves and will try to make sure it keeps pace with its Mac and Windows siblings". On the plus side Spotify hasn't yet found a reliable way to display ads, so in some ways it could be the best version of Spotify yet...

Spotify for Linux is available from the link below with the first release a Debian Squeeze/Ubuntu 10.04 package.

In related news Spotify has also launched a preview of a Windows 7-centric build which brings support for snap, taskbar controls and Jump Lists as well as sharing via Windows Live on top of Facebook and Twitter. The Spotify news panel also includes official Spotify tweets which bring recommendations and information on the latest software and library updates. It's well worth getting and runs alongside, rather than over, your current Spotify install.

Update: We've managed to get Spotify to supply us with a larger image of the Linux preview build, so here you go:


Spotify Linux Download Page


July 12, 2010, 7:25 pm

@Linux fans you can forget about using emulators to run Spotify...

tut tut Gordon.

WINE = "Wine Is Not an emulator" :)


July 12, 2010, 7:31 pm

Hasn't come to India yet.

Eagerly waiting.


July 12, 2010, 7:34 pm

"On the plus side Spotify hasn't yet found a reliable way to display ads, so in some ways it could be the best version of Spotify yet... "

Not really, since that means it's for Premium subscribers only.


July 12, 2010, 8:41 pm

@Keith - I'd say that's hair splitting. Emulator, 'compatibility layer', etc

Mark Etheridge

July 12, 2010, 8:59 pm

@Gordon - I'd say you've been had!


July 12, 2010, 9:19 pm

@Mark - I'm a long time premium subscriber. I'm perfectly happy on whatever platform.


July 12, 2010, 9:36 pm

Support for Linux is always good! The more, the better!


July 12, 2010, 11:26 pm

Awesome stuff! Does anyone have any Spotify invitations left? If so, please invite me please, i've always wanted to try it! My email address is jcnt20@googlemail.com


July 12, 2010, 11:33 pm

The next "Spotify Finally Launches On ..." headline you run had better end with "...Windows Mobile"!



July 13, 2010, 12:18 am

@Ryan - not gonna happen for Windows Mobile. It's an OS which will be phased out towards the end of the year so no point developing for it.


July 13, 2010, 1:02 am

@Gordon: I'd say that's hair splitting.

Yep!, just found it funny with what the acronym stood for and you still said it.

Been using Spotify via Wine and it works really well, but it is nice that they have developed a native App for linux.


July 13, 2010, 2:27 am

@JT87 - I have 15 invites! you still needing one? And anyone else for that matter let me know, just going to waste so far.

Rui Matos

July 13, 2010, 4:49 am

@Jones: hi, I'd love to try Spotify. Not being in an accepted country (Portugal) has been sucking all this time since I've heard of it. Mail is tiagomatos {at} gmail {dot} com. Thanks!


July 13, 2010, 3:15 pm

@Rui Matos: I'm afraid even the invitations are only valid within the approved countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland, UK, France, Spain and the Netherlands).

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