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Spotify For Linux Goes Live

Online music streaming service Spotify has released a native version of its client for the Linux platform, although the release seems to be a beta version that still contains a few bugs.

Interestingly, Spotify has been supporting Linux platforms since the release of iPhone and Android which are both based on the open source operating system although this version is only compatible with x86. You will need to download it from here (opens in new tab) and Spotify has warned prospective users that this version is not supported.

They added that there are issues "regarding decoding of local music on the Linux platform so we haven’t included support for local files in this version".

Surprisingly, they said that they were not able to come up with a "reliable" way to display ads yet which means that ironically, the Linux version will only be available to Spotify Premium subscribers.

There is already a Getsatisfaction page here (opens in new tab) where users can submit their complaints and their requests for improvements.

Spotify hasn't said when the final version will be available for download but given the fact that Spotify users have been using the service through WINE for some time already, it wouldn't be surprising if a foolproof version appears towards the end of next month.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.