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Spotify on Debian ‘Wheezy’ (testing)

Posted by on December 10, 2012

Hello! Long time no post…. I’ve recently(ish) started working from home as head of IT for a small web design firm… which means I get to use a linux desktop again.  I’ve settled on Debian testing (which is currently ‘wheezy’) but have found a few niggles (always the way) so my next few posts will be discussing how to set up various things on Wheezy.  Just as an aside, I’m using xfce4 as my desktop environment..I like to keep things fairly clean and simple.

If you try and install spotify following the instructions given here:

http://www.spotify.com/uk/download/previews/

You’ll hit an error complaining about libssl… basically the spotify client is compiled with a hard link to libssl 0.98, which isn’t available from the debian testign repositories… since it’s been updated to 1.0.

To fix this, download the correct package for your architecture (so amd64, i386 etc) from here: http://packages.debian.org/squeeze/libssl0.9.8

Install the package using dpkg (double click on the downloaded file, or run dpkg -i /path/to/file.deb from the command line)

then follow the instructions from spotify:

# 1. Add this line to your list of repositories by
#    editing your /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free

# 2. If you want to verify the downloaded packages,
#    you will need to add our public key
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 94558F59

# 3. Run apt-get update
sudo apt-get update

# 4. Install spotify!
sudo apt-get install spotify-client
And that's pretty much it.  Enjoy!

One Response to Spotify on Debian ‘Wheezy’ (testing)

  1. Arne

    Thank you! Your instructions were very helpful.

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