Spotify removed the lyrics function from it’s mobile and desktops apps back in the summer, after a deal with lyrics database Musixmatch hit a bum note and ended. The streaming service says it is making ‘big improvements’ to its lyrics support and plans to ‘share more updates’ in due course. But that’s cold comfort if you miss the ability click a […]
As part of updates to its Windows and web desktop apps, the official Spotify for Linux client has picked up a minor redesign. Well, sort of. The company is testing a small redesign of the main player control UI in its desktop app with a sub-section of Spotify desktop users. Not everyone using the official Spotify app can see […]
This post, Spotify is testing a new layout for its desktop player, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
A new version of Spotify Web Player for Linux, a desktop app that integrates the web-based version of the music streaming site with your Linux desktop, is available to download.
This post, Spotify Web Player for Linux Adds Media Key Support, Improved Customisation, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
A new version of the official Spotify desktop app rolled out last week. The update, which bumps the version number to v1.0.37, features just one notable Linux-specific fix: support for opening/playing albums, artists and tracks using Spotify URLs. Revolutionary, man. Official Client, But Not Officially Supported Confusion remains over the status of the official Spotify Linux […]
This post, Official Spotify App for Linux Updated, Can Open SpotifyURLs Again, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
You don’t need to tell me. I know it already: you’re sick of hearing about Spotify on this site. But be a champ and suck it up, cos I’m back with another app, one that lets the world’s most popular (citation needed) music streaming service play nice on Ubuntu. It’s called Spotify Web Player for Linux and, […]
This post, Spotify Web Player for Linux — The Best Spotify Experience on Ubuntu?, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
Last week we mentioned — aka drooled over — Spotio, a Rdio-inspired light theme for the Spotify desktop app was planning to add support for Linux. Today I’m happy to report that it does support Linux. I’m going to skip over the “whys” of Spotio in this post as we covered it in the previous one (and tbh […]
As we reported on earlier in the year, the official Spotify for Linux app is no longer under active development. Sure, it still receives minor updates now and then, but only in the bits of the code it shares with the (related) Windows and macOS apps. No Linux-specific improvements or features are currently planned. At some point in the […]
This post, This App Integrates Spotify Web With Your Ubuntu Desktop, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
Spotify’s dark design is very much its identity. No matter the platform you use it on, the dark theme is there staring back at you. Until now. A bunch of ace websites, blogs and people I follow have spent the past 24 hours waxing lyrical over a new Spotify skin called Spotio. As an avid Spotify listener myself (although only […]
This post, Spotio Is A Light Skin for Spotify’s Desktop App — And It’s Coming To Linux, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
I love that Spotify provide a native Linux client. I don’t love that it looks a little out of place.
Spotify fan Juho ‘Kurko‘ Kurki has tweaked a few of the artwork assets used by the application toolbar to better blend in with the rest of the Ubuntu desktop under Ambiance.
Install the Ubuntu Spotify Skin
It should go without saying – but i’ll say it anyway – that you need to have Spotify for Linux installed before following this guide. Need help getting it? See this install guide.
There are two ways to apply the Spotify Ubuntu skin. Both are fairly straightforward, so choose whichever one you’re more comfortable with.
To install skin via the command line just use the following two commands:
sudo mv resources.zip /opt/spotify/spotify-client/Data/resources.zip
Want to do it the GUI way? No problem.
First download Kurko’s Spotify skin:
Next, press Alt+F2 to open the command prompt. Type/paste the following into it:
gksu nautilus /opt/spotify/spotify-client/Data
Grab the ‘resources.zip’ file you downloaded in the previous step and move it in into this folder. Choose to overwrite the existing package of the same name when prompted.
Now start Spotify (or restart if already open) and the new theme will take effect.
Want to revert back to stock Spotify? Repeat the above steps but using the original resources.zip file.
The resources.zip archive contains virtually every interface element used by Spotify – from play buttons to the scrollbars – so it’s possible that Spotify skins for other GTK themes could appear in the future.
Spotify has released an updated version of their desktop app for Linux.
Unlike the last release-proper back in January, you won’t find anything dramatically different in this release, but you will find a new icon, faster start up times, and a handful of other minor fixes.
- New logo
- Faster start-up time
- Chinese language fixes
- Ads won’t bring Spotify to the front any more
Spotify 0.9.133 isn’t going to persuade anyone who is not using it already using it to start doing so, but the more ardent Spotifites amongst you will likely appreciate it.
For more details on installing Spotify in Ubuntu check out our guide, which covers Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04.