Saturday, 15 May 2010

Installing Spotify (and WINE) on Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition (updated)

Hello everyone. I have just installed Ubuntu 10.04 on an Acer aspire one and wanted Spotify on it, so here is how to do it.

Download the Spotify Windows installer from here.

1. Goto the accessories panel and run terminal.

2. Enter the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine

3. Type winecfg. This will bring up the configuration dialog for Wine. Under the audio tab un-tick the ALSA driver and tick the EsounD driver (this fixes a problame with playback stopping randomly when you are listening).

4. Close terminal.

4. Goto Files & Folders and find the Spotify Installer you downloaded.

5. Right click it and select 'Properties'.

6. Goto the Permissions tab and check the 'Allow executing file as program' check box and ok / save those settings.

7. Right click and select 'Open with Wine Windows Program Loader'.

8. Just follow the installation procedure as normal, then you're done.

9. Listen to some music.

Happy listening. Hope this helps a few people.

A native Spotify client is available on Ubuntu 10.10+, but until they figure out a reliable way of showing adverts it is for premium users only, as their visual ads are flash based.

Anyway, if you would like that version here's how you can get the Spotify Linux Preview installed.

1. Open terminal via Applications > Accessories

2. In the terminal window, enter:

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
3. Type your password to authenticate.

4. Scroll to the bottom of the text file that opens and add the following line:

deb stable non-free

5. Save the file and close the editor, then at the terminal window enter:
sudo apt-get update

6. Then enter:
sudo apt-get install spotify-client-qt spotify-client-gnome-support

You should now have Spotify Linix Preview installed. [source:]

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