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
marshallward
Newbie

I am getting tired of relying on the AUR for spotify.  Please be responsible and allow Arch to include this client as a standard Arch package.

zmplay
Newbie

Would be awesome and should have been already so!

lhl
Newbie

Any word on this? Seems like the latest update broke the AUR, but got me thinking that there shouldn't be a good reason the app isn't part of the official repo if someone's volunteering...

Pharmasolin
Newbie

Spotify is available via snap, is there any problem using it on Arch?

 

https://www.spotify.com/download/linux/

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Snapd

Baldpale
Visitor

For me not at all. There's also Flatpak version. The only thing that doesn't work is using local collection, but personally I don't care.

Liveatanywhere
Newbie

Would love to see spotify in the official repos :)

damonhill
Visitor
That's not the point. You could also use wine, install Window$ or use your
phone.
xarlieb
Newbie

I second the initiative but I dont even expect a negative response from the devs.

inthewakeofgods
Newbie

I wholeheartedly support this idea as an Arch Linux user.

6wheels
Newbie

I'm an Archlinux user too, and do pay for Spotify premium, this is my vote ;)