Nice that this is finally fixed—I can actually install it without having to install outdated, insecure old versions of openssl, and launching it actually works.
... sort of. It doesn't actually install a .desktop file. *facepalm* This is really easy to solve, it's just a matter of adding a file:
to the package with content:
Comment=Access and play music from your Spotify account
(For a regular user, you'd add it to a new file ".local/share/applications/spotify.desktop"). And if you wanted to get really clever, you can add translations into it. With that installed (either locally or globally), I get a nicer icon, my desktop environment knows about the package, and, more importantly, I can actually launch the thing without having to open a terminal first.
While I can easily do that myself, I'm actually a bit shocked that the package doesn't have this to start with. It's like the people writing the Linux version are Windows users who have never interacted with a Linux machine outside of an SSH client. Is there really no one at spotify who actually uses Linux enough to know that install a GUI application without a way to launch it from a desktop environment is, you know, not actually the brightest idea? I'm not a Windows user, but I find it pretty hard to believe that Windows version requires users to hit Start->Run (or open a Command Prompt) and then type in "spotify-client" in order to launch the darn thing.
So why does Spotify think that that's acceptable behaviour for Linux users?
yay! Thanks jooon - this makes printers retake their rightful place as the most annoying part of a new setup for me ;)
@jagerman - as a heads-up, linux is not officially "supported" last I knew, although it looks like the forum got split out which is a good sign. From the sounds of things, a few employees use linux themselves and set up a build for the distro they use. The suggestion box (https://community.spotify.com/t5/Ideas/ct-p/newideas) may be a good place for this - I've never really seen anyone use desktop application links (as opposed to taskbars or hotkeys), but it sounds like it's a useful & simple addition.
However, I have seen a few others complain about this as well. Other people does not seem to understand exactly what is wrong though, they just complain that the Spotify icon when they alt-tab is sometimes a question mark. I have reinstalled the client hundreds of times for testing purposes and sometimes the icon goes missing for me too, but I can't figure out why. The desktop file is always there.
Does it consistently not install a desktop file for you everytime you install the package?