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
b25_i15v-9jl7
Newbie

Waiting for this !!! Please.... Just DO IT !!

gn-sm3y57_3ho
Newbie

>pacman -S spotify

 

error: target not found: spotify

 

major o o f

Stephen304
Casual Listener

The most frustrating thing about this is that they don't even need to do any work - they just need to make a statement saying "we allow linux distros to package and redistribute spotify". That's the reason it's in the AUr but not the official repo - the AUR package has your computer download directly from spotify, which is why it broke for a while.

 

Spotify, please just say yes so all the linux distros can make proper packages freely.

syre
Newbie

Let's get this in the official Arch repositories.

Todd1
Newbie

This would be nice....

Ekaradon
Music Fan

Yes, something totally free and adding value to Spotify product. Totally worth it.

sh1nji
Newbie

+1 - another premium user here and I would like to see it properly available on Arch Linux.

 

The author has made a courteous, well reasoned and workable request which makes sense from a marketing perspective. Nevermind also being inclusive and progressive/forward-thinking - seems like an intuitive action for Spotify.

 

Thanks

NicoHood
Music Fan

Hi,

I try to answer, but spotify keeps flagging my posts are **bleep**/abuse. I reported this issue and hope the post will come back. In the meantime, please read it here:

 

https://gist.github.com/NicoHood/252b6b01543ad0aa29ce66a18f4fef24

 

This is sa bad in all means....

user-removed
Not applicable

Being new Premium Spotify user I would like to see positive response from Spotify to have it in official repos.

 

@NicoHood

Thanks a lot for your effort.

 

linus1
Newbie

I would love that