Spotify comes out with a Linux client

Spotify may not be available in most parts of the world, but that hasn’t prevented them from coming out with a Linux client. In a blog entry Spotify mentions:

A lot of our developers are using Linux, obviously they want to listen to music while they’re coding away and looking at the feedback we get it appears that they’re not the ¬†only ones. So today we’re pretty happy to present a preview version of ¬†Spotify for Linux.

Built by our brilliant developers during hack days and late nights, it shares most of the same features as our Windows and Mac OS X desktop applications.

While this is indeed good news for Linux users, it must be reminded that client is still in a preview version and is available only for Spotify Premium subscribers, as Spotify claims that they still haven’t figured how to reliably display ads. Also missing is support for playback of local files, as they are grappling with decoding issues. Still, I guess something’s better than nothing. Here’s hoping for an new, improved version to come out soon. And perhaps, for Spotify to be rolled outside of UK and certain parts of Europe.

Spotify is currently available as packaged for Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 & Debian Squeeze, head over to the preview page to download it.

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