How to Install Spotify Client 1.x (Beta) in Ubuntu

June 5, 2015

spotify console client

The beta version of the next major 1.x release of Spotify client for Linux has been announced a few hours ago, available for test in its testing repository.

According to the announcement, the 1.x client brings below changes to Linux users:

  • Various text/mouse input bugs in current stable release (e.g. client doesn’t give up mouse focus, crash on drag/drop, text input not work on some window managers) have been fixed.
  • “Now playing” notifications can be switched off in the settings page
  • The WM_CLASS property should be set correctly

As a beta release (version 1.0.7.153.gb9e8174a at the moment), there are some known issues/limitations:

  • Login with Facebook Connect does not work (will be fixed soon)
  • There is no application menu
  • There is no tray icon
  • Some key bindings do not work yet, like ctrl+s for shuffle, etc.
  • The application is super tiny on hi-res displays
  • 32-bit builds are not available yet

spotify-1.x

If you want to try this new client in Ubuntu 14.04/15.04, follow bellow steps to add Spotify testing repository and keep the client up-to-date via Software Updater.

1. To add the testing repository, open terminal and run:

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

spotify-testing-repository

2. After that, you can install the 1.x client either via Synaptic Package Manager or by running below commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install spotify-client

3. (Optional) To remove the testing repository, just run:

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list

For those who don’t want to add the repository, download the .deb package at web page.

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2 responses to How to Install Spotify Client 1.x (Beta) in Ubuntu

  1. I’ll give it a try but I just use their web player with ad block. That way there is no ads ever. You can find their web player under play.Spotify.com.

  2. Sergio DurĂ¡n June 8, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Hello friends I tried it but I got this message: E: No se ha podido localizar el paquete spotify-client (E: could not find package spotify-client), I am so sad because of that