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!

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Taros
Newbie

This would be fantastic. I second the call for a general statement for similar situations/Linux distributions

dexlavis
Newbie

Somehow I can neither "like" nor "me too" this issue, so I'm writing a comment.

As a premium user of Spotify, I'd very much appreciate a better way to install and update the Spotify desktop client on my system. Having an official package would make accessing your service much easier for me, and thousands* of other people.

* I have no data to back this up, but in my experience, actual usage is usually some orders of magnitude larger than the number of people who go to the additional trouble of upvoting something. Furthermore, if clicking a "Like" button is already a hurdle, making it hard for people to install your software must be deterring quite a number of your potential users.

 

Edit: Seems I wasn't registered all the way. I can now click "Like" buttons here, and I will. :)

otakumike2
Newbie

This would be awesome to have. Spotify - please consider!

Noxxel
Visitor

+1

bladrim
Newbie

Please, make it happen!

danbtl
Newbie

:thumbs_up:+1

papawhisky
Newbie

+1

tiagoprn
Newbie

tiagoprn, long life arch user, I also would be happy for that. 

degva
Newbie

Please Spotify!

user-removed
Not applicable

YES PLEASE!!!

its really annoying trying to install spotify via the AUR (Arch User Repository)
an official package would be awesome! and more secure / less buggy

cheers spotify team!