Spotify spotted on Linux platform

Music streaming outfit Spotify has announced a preview build of its cleint software for Linux users.

The company describes the release as one of the "the fun ideas and projects that our developers have been working on - mostly in their spare time, during hack days or in the middle of the night when they can’t sleep. Some of these are pet projects, some are prototypes but they’re all designed to make Spotify even more enjoyable."

Spotify won't even describe this as a beta saying, "As a preview release this version is still unsupported, but we’re running it ourselves and will try to make sure it keeps pace with its Mac and Windows siblings, there are issues regarding decoding of local music on the Linux platform so we haven’t included support for local files in this version."

The company also says that, as it hasn't found a reliable way to display ads yet, this version is only available to Spotify Premium subscribers. So freeloaders need not apply.

There's no indication as to when or if a finished release will make it into the wild, but we're guessing that will depend on the feedback the outfot gets from the preview release.

The software has been packaged as a Debian Squeeze/Ubuntu 10.04 release and should be available here any time now.