Spotify Client 1.x Beta For Linux Released

Yesterday Spotify announced that the beta release of their 1.x client is publicly available.

New features in the 1.x client which are specific to the Linux client:

  • Remember all those various bugs with text/mouse input in the 0.9.x client? Like the client not giving up mouse focus? Or crashing on drag/drop? Or text input not working on some window managers? Get ready to say goodbye to them. :smileyhappy:
  • “Now playing” notifications can be switched off in the settings page, and libnotify is a suggested (not recommended) package dependency.
  • The WM_CLASS property should be set correctly (was broken in the first unofficial beta)

Known issues/limitations with the 1.x Linux beta client (at the time of writing this post, the client version is

  • Login with Facebook Connect does not work (there is a fix for this and it will be rolled out 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 Linux


If you want to install Spotify on Ubuntu / Linux Mint / elementary OS run the following commands:

echo deb testing non-free | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install spotify-client

To read more, check out the official announcement.