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Spotify is a commercial music streaming service providing digital rights management-restricted content from record labels including Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal. Launched in October 2008 by Swedish startup Spotify AB, the service had approximately 10 million users as of 15 September 2010, about 2.5 million of whom were paying users. Total users reached 20 million by December 2012, 5 million of whom pay a monthly subscription fee that varies based on locale.

The system is currently available using Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, S60 (Symbian), webOS, Samsung Smart TV, Squeezebox, Boxee, Sonos, WD TV, Roku, MeeGo, Telia Digital-tv, Openpandora and TiVo. As of December 2013 Spotify is not available in the Windows Store for Windows 8.

Music can be browsed by artist, album, record label, genre or playlist as well as by direct searches. On computers, a link allows the listener to purchase selected material via partner retailers.

A six-month free trial period is activated upon account registration or first login with a Facebook account, allowing the user to listen to an unlimited amount of music supported by visual and radio-style advertising. After the trial, Spotify has a listening limit of 10 hours per month, divided into 2.5-hour weekly portions (unused hours carry over). The only locations exempt from this rule are the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand where ad-supported unlimited streaming continues on Spotify Free. An "Unlimited" subscription removes advertisements and time limits and a "Premium" subscription introduces extra features such as higher bitrate streaming, offline access to music and mobile app access. Users can try Spotify Premium for 48 hours by logging into Spotify Mobile for the first time, or get a 30-day trial for their first month.[25] An active Facebook account is required to use Spotify if the user has signed up using Facebook, but as of 30 August 2012 the option to make a Spotify username was again offered. Subscriptions are restricted to people with credit/debit cards or PayPal accounts registered in certain countries. [1]

note: You can install Spotify native application as Spotify Linux Preview or in Wine environment as Spotify client for Windows.

Installing Spotify Linux Preview

In a terminal, run the following command:

yaourt -S openssl098
yaourt -S spotify
yaourt -S spotify-gnome-git
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/

Known Issues in Spotify Linux Preview

  • Sometimes the Discover page does not show content. This is a known bug. The probable cause errors with open ssl.

Installing lastest version Spotify Client for Windows in Wine

Execute the actions in this order. DO NOT close the terminal window before doing all action.

  • Installing dependences and Wine application:

yaourt -Sy wine q4wine wine-mono wine_gecko winetricks giflib libpng libldap gnutls lcms libxml2 mpg123 openal v4l-utils libpulse alsa-plugins alsa-lib libjpeg-turbo libxcomposite libxinerama ncurses lib32-ncurses libcl cups samba dosbox lib32-{giflib,libpng,libldap,gnutls,lcms,libxml2,mpg123,openal,v4l-utils,libpulse,alsa-plugins,alsa-lib,libjpeg-turbo,libxcomposite,libxinerama,ncurses,libcl} openssl098

  • Configure Spotify installation directory.
export WINEPREFIX="${HOME}/.spotify"
export WINEARCH="win32"
  • Click the Libraries tab, select riched20 and click Add. The default entry should read riched20 (native, builtin).
  • Click Apply, then click OK.
  • Manually close a Wine Configuration Window.
  • Configure Wine environment with commands.
winetricks msxml6 corefonts
winetricks settings fontsmooth=rgb
  • Download the lastest SpotifySetup.exe file
cd ~ && wget
  • Install Spotify Client Application in Wine
wine SpotifySetup.exe
  • Close a terminal window.
  • Launch Spotify from Launcher Menu. Wait some time to load the application.


Official forum topic: [2]

See Also




The Spotify Community