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: