Spotify on Arch

Spotify doesn’t have an official Linux client, but they do have a beta version they’re working on.  The latest version is available from AUR.

It looks to be a step behind the Windows client, it doesn’t have the new Spotify feature for playing auto-generated playlists based on your preferred artists.  This version is, however, compatible with non-premium subscribers like me.  The downside is when it throws up a full window ad there’s no way to get past it.  In the Windows version you click the ad and it goes down to the bottom of the Spotify Window, on the current Linux version the ad just stays up until the next ad plays in your playlist.  While it is up you can’t change playlists, preferences, etc.

Once I pointed the client to where my local music files are stored it found and cataloged them.  Apparently previous versions had problems with this.  To make sure this feature works you may need to install libva.


Now I can get the ads to go away, I must not have been clicking in the right spot.

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