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Spotify 0.9 for Linux

I used to have to write about this all the time, Spotify but maintainers of the Spotify AUR PKGBUILD have been doing such a great job there aren’t any issues getting Spotify to install and run on Arch.  Hooray!

The ongoing saga of Spotify on Arch

In AUR the spotify PKGBUILD has been brought up to which is the same as the spotify-beta PKGBUILD.  It looks like the difference between the two is the spotify PKGBUILD does not download a set of Ubuntu deb files for libraries that Spotify’s deb looks for, instead it relies on native Arch libraries.  Personally I’m still using the spotify-beta PKGBUILD, it works just fine.  With Spotify using Ubuntu as its base platform Arch’s rolling release may get libraries too far out in front of what Spotify is looking for.  Having a set of libraries that are all but guaranteed to work just saves a headache.  Ideally though Spotify would opensource its client and we can compile against any library our heart desires but that ain’t gonna happen.


“Ain’t” and “gonna” are in Chromium’s spellcheck dictionary.  But spellcheck isn’t.  Weird.

Spotify 0.8.2 Linux beta

The new version of Spotify’s Linux beta hit AUR yesterday.  The maintainer included Flash version 10 with so you no longer have to download it yourself.  It is set up so that only Spotify will use the old version of Flash, your other programs will use the current version.

Spotify Linux beta 0.8


The PKGBUILD for 0.8.2 handles the Flash issue for you.  Click here for details.

The latest Linux version of Spotify catches up to the Windows version.  Hooray!  However, it is still in beta and one of the bugs in the program causes it to segfault when using the newest version of Flash.  Boo!  The current maintainer of the AUR pkgbuild came up with a workaround, get a copy of the previous version of Flash and use a shell script to point Spotify to it and so far this has worked for me.  Get the details below the jump.

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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.