Redistribute Spotify on Linux Distributions

Dear Spotify Team,

my name is NicoHood and I am an official ArchLinux Trusted User. This means I maintain some packages in the official [community] repository [1]. I am also able to move packages from the ArchLinux User Repository (AUR)[2] into [community] if the packages are popular enough (>10 votes).

 

As you can imagine spotify is really popular on ArchLinux with more than 1100 votes on AUR[3]. Me and the community would love to have spotify in our official repositories to provide our users a simpler channel of installing Spotify on ArchLinux.

 

The problem we face is that the Terms of Use forbid us to redistribute Spotify. We'd require an official statement that ArchLinux is allowed to package Spotify in its repositories.

 

I've already contacted Brendan Marsh (Product Owner, Desktop) about this topic via email without any further response. It would be nice if you can give the linux community a better channel for installing Spotify on non-debian systems.

 

Furthermore we then can cooperate and optimize spotify for ArchLinux (e.g. using more shared libraries, providing gpg signed tarballs and https downloads etc).

 

Me and the community hope to get some positive feedback. Thanks for taking the time. Please upvote this post if you also with to natively install Spotify on ArchLinux and other Linux Systems.

 

[1]: https://www.archlinux.org/packages/?maintainer=NicoHood

[2]: https://aur.archlinux.org/

[3]: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/spotify/

 

Edit 28.08.2019: This request has been marked as idea by the spotify staff. Please upvote it here: https://community.spotify.com/t5/Live-Ideas/Linux-Add-Spotify-to-the-official-Linux-repositories/idi...

Updated on 2019-09-12

Hey folks,


We wanted to post an update as this idea has reached over 500 votes from our users.

 

We’re always working on improving the Spotify experience across platforms, but we’re afraid we don’t have any further information to share at the moment.

 

We typically don't announce integrations with third parties in advance. The best place to keep an eye on is our blog for news updates about any such partnerships.

 

Thanks!

Comments
cribari
Newbie

I use Spotify on Linux and I support the sugestion. 

darkhamm
Visitor

C'mon people !

lans98
Newbie

Come on people vote up :D!

ThomasKosch
Newbie

Would love to see spotify in the official repos :)

Lenovsky
Newbie

I'm with this idea, it would be great ;)

r3mus
Newbie

This would be really great!

TheFreso
Casual Listener

@NicoHood wrote:

The problem we face is that the Terms of Use forbid us to redistribute Spotify. We'd require an official statement that ArchLinux is allowed to package Spotify in its repositories.


It would be great if the resolution was a general purpose statement (or even a change of the Terms of Use) that allow redistribution in general, which would also allow for packaging on other distributions (and even other operating systems, like the *BSDs or Haiku etc.).

nonnogranpera
Newbie

dis, pls

Mr-iX
Newbie

I would be so nice, when Spotify is in the official repository.

That would save me a lot of time :)

DeMus2013
Newbie

Please add Spotify to the repo's so it is easier to update. Now we have to do a lot of complicated and tedious long things to have it updated.

Thanky you.

 

DeMus