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

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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 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

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 testing non-free | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list

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.