Sometimes it’s easy to see why almost no one uses Linux on the Desktop.
Sweet! A Linux preview! It’s available for Ubuntu and Fedora. Hey! I run Fedora! Awesome. Except, there isn’t a package available. The directory is empty.
Okay. So I download the Ubuntu package and use Alien to convert the file. Amazingly, it installs!
Amazingly, it runs!
Oh. Linux Desktops are considered devices, not desktops. You need to buy an ultra-premium service to use a device. (OTOH, then I could use Spotify on my Android phone as well.) But, since I haven’t even been able to try this service yet, spending $$$ seems premature.
Okay, so the other option is to run the Windows version in WINE. (a windows emulator) Blech. But okay.
I run it, and get myself logged in with a small amount of fuss. Until I try to play some music. Oops! Nothing plays at all! Oops!
I need to read the directions to add a sound device for the Windows emulator. Of course, the directions are out of date on the Spotify web site. I need to add the “PulseAudio” driver with Full Hardware Acceleration. It works!
Until I try to play my own music on Spotify. Oops!
“There is a problem with the sound decoder. Spotify can’t play music”
So look around for solutions and find this page. The instructions are Ubuntu specific (talks about /usr/lib32, which doesn’t exist on Fedora.) The correct command for Fedora is:
# wget http://blog.mrfjo.org/winemp3.acm.so -O /usr/lib/wine/winemp3.acm.so
But it still doesn’t work because the library depends on libmpg123 which isn’t installed by default. We need more software:
# yum install libmpg123.i686 libmpg123.x86_64
And now it works. Hopefully Spotify is worth it. How many people could have gotten through all those steps?