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Spotify is a music streaming service that comes with a client which supports Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux as well as mobile devices such as iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, S60 (Symbian), webOS and more. The service is only available in a few countries for now, such as USA, UK, Spain, Sweden and more - check out the Spotify website for more info.

The (official) native Spotify Linux client got support for free accounts recently. Here is how to install it on Ubuntu and fix some bugs such as not being able to play local music in Ubuntu.

Update: the instructions below should work with Ubuntu 14.04, 13.10, 13.04, 12.10 and 12.04.

Please note that Spotify for Linux is a preview release and is currently unsupported so you may encounter issues!


Install the native Linux Spotify client under Ubuntu


1. Launch Software & Updates (called Software Sources in older Ubuntu version) from the menu / Dash.

2. In Software & Updates (previously "Software Sources"), witch to the "Other Software" tab, click "Add" and paste the following line:
deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free


Once you do this, two repository lines are actually added and the second one (for source code) will display an error when running "sudo apt-get update", so remove this line:
http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free (Source Code)

from the same "Other Software" tab. Once you're done, close the Software & Updates window.

3. Import the Spotify repository key and install Spotify for Linux:
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 94558F59
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install spotify-client

That's it! I also recommend using the Spotify Ambiance theme we've covered on WebUpd8, which makes the application integrate better with the Ubuntu desktop (for both the application and its tray icon).

via PinguyOS forum; thanks to Antoni "Pinguy" for the tip!
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