Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Spotify on the Acer c720 Chromebook

Spotify is the streaming service that needs no introduction. Although the official Spotify download page states that they only support Windows and Mac systems, they do have a "Spotify for Linux preview". I've been using this for a few months now and found it to be bug free and fully featured. The interface is easy to use and integrates well with KDE.

If you followed my previous post about installing Minecraft on the Acer c720 then you will have a Kubuntu installation that we can use to run the Spotify client.
Installation is simple and should take no more than a few minutes depending on the speed of your internet connection.

If you haven't got a Spotify account, now would be a good time to sign up by going to clicking on "Log In" and then "Sign Up".
Signing up for a free account will let you test things out before deciding if you want to pay for a subscription.

I'm going to take you through installation using the shell so let's start by running Konsole which you can find by clicking Kickoff (the start button) Applications-System-Terminal or by using the hotkey combo "CTRL+ALT+T".

Now you need to copy and paste into Konsole (use "edit-paste" or a double fingered tap in the window) the following 4 commands, one at a time, pressing enter after each entry.
(Add repository)
sudo apt-add-repository -y "deb stable non-free"

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 94558F59

(Retrieve new lists of packages)
sudo apt-get update

(Install. 48MB to download)
sudo apt-get install spotify-client

If all commands completed ok you can now close Konsole and go to Kickoff-applications-Multimedia-Spotify. Sign in enjoy!