Listen To Your Music In Spotify For Free Without Wine (Linux)
Spotify doesn’t provide much hope to Linux users when it comes to listening to good music. So far, the company has made only a Windows and a Mac version available. However, Linux users still had their way, thanks to a program called Wine.
With Spotify installed, users can listen to millions of tracks, anywhere and anytime. The following are some of the features of this software — no more downloads as music is live, make a customized library of songs by searching from millions of tracks available, share music with your (Facebook) friends, create playlists by simple drag & drop motion, popularity meters for top lists, offline mode for anytime music without internet, buy tracks and playlists (then sync to your device), view biographies of artists etc.
What is Wine?
Wine is a program that allows users to have most of the software running in Windows to run in Linux too. Earlier, Linux users who wanted to use Spotify had to install Wine. Wine configuration is easy and fast. For example, in Ubuntu, select Wine from the Synaptic Package Manager’s search option and install it. Once it is installed, click it in the menu and run the configuration.
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What is new now?
Well, the fact that you do not require Wine anymore to run Spotify on Linux!!
Spotify has given a preview build of ‘Spotify for Linux’ in their website. The ‘Spotify for Linux’ version is, however, available only for paid users (premium and unlimited membership types). The new Spotify for Linux currently is unsupported to some extent (for example, there is no support for local files). The new Spotify for Linux version works for Debian Squeeze (6.0.3), Ubuntu (10.04) and Fedora (13, i386 & x86_64) users.
The native Linux version is faster and better than what a user would get using the Wine program. To get the Spotify for Linux version (Debian) without Wine, do the following steps:
1. Edit the source list using - /etc/apt/sources.list and you will get something like this — deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free
2. To verify the packages, add the following public key from Spotify – sudo apt-key adv-keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv-keys 4E9CFF4E
3. Then, add ‘sudo apt-get update’ to run the update
4. Finally, to install the Spotify package use – sudo apt-get install spotify-client-qt
In case you are new to Spotify, register using your Facebook account.
Spotify has three different membership layers and each comes with its own list of features. Spotify Free allows users to get limited features and if you travel abroad you can have the music for the next 14 days only. With Spotify Premium ($9.99 per month) users get all features and with Spotify Unlimited ($4.99 per month) users get all features except the following major ones – mobile support, offline mode support etc.
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Spotify is a DRM based music company that offers music streaming services from international labels such as Sony, Universal, Warner Group etc. The company’s headquarter is located in the United Kingdom and was started in 2008. Within a span of few years, Spotify has managed to get more than ten million users. Spotify works on Windows, Mac OS X and (now in) Linux. It also runs on Apple iOS, Blackberry, Android, Symbian etc.
Spotify is currently available in the following countries only – US, UK, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Norway, France and Netherlands.