Spotify is a probably the best music streaming service by a long shot. You can use it on your android phone, in your web browser or on your Windows, Mac. It is also available for the Linux desktop (sort of).
Spotify For Linux
The official Spotify client is available but there are few issues that you must know before you install it.
- According to Spotify’s own website, the Linux client is described as follows: “This version is unsupported”. So what has been happening is that the development of the Linux client was on the free time of some interested developers and so it has been on the goodwill of these developers to provide, support and update the Linux desktop client.
- The Spotify client for Linux is no longer in active development. Yup, and it hasn’t been for over a year now. A revelation was made in March 2016 that there has been no developers working on the Linux client for the 5 previous months.
- There is no plans to fix all the bugs that have been associated with the Linux client. Even though the app will be receiving updates, only some of the bugs are going to be tackled, and even if there is going to be a fix, there’s no knowing when it will be available.
- There is no one working on Linux specific features. So unless a feature added to other desktop clients (Mac and Ubuntu) happen to work on Linux, it will not be added. So the missing tray icon and lack of app menu are probably never coming.
- It is only available as a Debian package with no RPM version provide. So unless you’re using Debian, Ubuntu or any of their derivatives, you are out of luck. It may also be possible to convert the Debian package to RPM, but then again why all that hassle for an app that is not really under development.
How To Install Spotify In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Or Any Derivatives Distro
Still want to install it on your Ubuntu desktop or derivative, follow the steps below. And we’ll update this article if there any news about the official client development or there is any alternative to Spotify for Linux.
2. Add the Spotify repository –
3. Update list of available packages –
4. Install Spotify –
Third-Party Clients For Spotify
If the “unofficial” client won’t cut it for you, there are also a few third party clients out there you can choose from. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Mopidy plays music from local disk, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play Music, and more. You edit the playlist from any phone, tablet, or computer using a range of MPD and web clients.To install Mopidy enter the following commands.
Add the archive’s GPG key:
Add the APT repo to your package sources:
Install Mopidy and all dependencies:
Finally, you need to set a couple of config values, and then you’re ready to run Mopidy or run Mopidy as a service. A new kind of music player that invites all your streams, downloads, cloud music storage, playlists, radio stations and friends to the same party. It’s about time they all mingle. Follow the following to install Tomahawk.
For Ubuntu 16.04 users: Tomahawk 0.8.4 is in the official ubuntu sources. Or add the following untrusted PPA and then install it
If you intend to use Spotify on your Linux desktop, you can use the Linux desktop client, but then know that the bugs are many and the developers currently have no intentions of solving them. If you really wanna use Spotify on Linux, your best bet will be the web client or a third party client such as Tomahawk or Mopidy. Or you could use the Windows desktop client via emulation with WINE. Share your thoughts with us in the comments.