Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Installing Spotify on Ubuntu

OK, maybe Spotify isn't a "tool" as such, but it was nevertheless one of the first programs I tried to install on my new Ubuntu OS. There is no Spotify application directly available to Linux users, but it is possible to use the Windows application through a Windows emulator called Wine. With Wine installed, Windows programs can be installed and used in Ubuntu, without having to install a complete "guest" Windows OS (as you would do with e.g. VirtualBox).

Installing Spotify under Wine was really easy, but when I tried to run it, the sound was kind of distorted, and it would only play one song and then freeze. It turns out that this is a common problem in Ubuntu 9.10. Luckily, someone has already fixed it! This post on Jens' codelog describes what to do. In short, I had to uninstall Wine and install a new, modified version made by Neil Wilson. Now Spotify works like a charm, finally bringing some music into my office. Great!

A litte detail: There are no shortcuts or icons automatically created for Spotify. To create a shortcut on the desktop, right-click on the desktop and choose "create launcher". If you want a "proper" Spotify icon, you can use this SVG file created by Kalle Persson.

You can find more information on how to install and use Wine at this Ubuntu documentation page. There is also some more information on using Spotify under Wine on this Spotify FAQ.


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