How to Setup Spotify for Linux on Ubuntu 18.10 / 18.04 | 16.04 Desktops

Spotify for Linux allows you to play your favorite songs and albums free on Linux, including Ubuntu…. Discover new music, stream the tracks you love and fire up your playlists in every genre and mood….

Use Spotify Radio to play you great song based on your music taste and settings…

This brief tutorial will show students and new users how to install Spotify Linux client on Ubuntu 18.10 / 18.04 | 16.04 desktops…..

Unlike Windows and MacOS users, Spotify client may not have the same support as those clients….. Linux users can install the client but they’re on their own to support it and resolve issues if these are not right…. Linux, including Ubuntu users will need to manage and support the client themselves…

Linux user may also not have the latest client version… so just keep that in mind before installing Spotify….

To install or upgrade Spotify, use the steps below… there are primarily two ways to install Spotify on Linux machines… One is via its package repository and the other is using Snap package management… either way should work for you….

Step 1: Add Spotify Repository Key To Ubuntu

To install Spotify from its repository, you must first add the repository key…. This allows the Ubuntu desktop to trust packages being downloaded from Spotify repository….

If packages are being installed from repositories that are not trusted, the installation may fail or your system will prompt you to accept the risk….

To add the Spotify repository key, run the commands below

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys 931FF8E79F0876134EDDBDCCA87FF9DF48BF1C90

Step 2: Add Spotify Repository

Now that you have added Spotify repository key, the next step is to add the package repository. To do that run the commands below.

echo deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list

Step 3: Install Spotify

Now that the repository and its key have been added to Ubuntu the final step is to install Spotify. To do that run the commands below

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install spotify-client

Running the commands above will get Spotify installed and ready to use. To launch Spotify, open Applications and search or it, then select to open.

That should prompt you to type and confirm your password before the installation can continue… When you’re done, Spotify should be installed and ready to use… To launch it, go to the Activities Overview and search Spotify and launch it.

Spotify linux client

Option #2: Install Spotify via Snap

If the option above didn’t work for you… you can also install Spotify via Snap package management…. This might be the quickest way to install Spotify…

Snaps are containerised software packages that are simple to create and install…. They are applications packaged with all their dependencies to run on all popular Linux distributions from a single build which allow them to update automatically and roll back gracefully….

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install spotify

That’s it!

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