Spotify is a great way to enjoy streaming music today. With the related apps or Spotify web player, you can easily listen to music online from your phones, game consoles, car stereos, portable speakers, in your browsers or on your Linux desktops. But can you download songs for offline listening on Ubuntu?
Previously Spotify has no supported release for Linux and it was impossible to do that. But things have changed recently. Some geek engineers have spared some of their precious time to develop the Linux compatible Spotify desktop clients. These apps may be very different with the Windows and Mac version. But they do offer a much better experience to help you download songs and upload your local tracks compared to the web player. If you are interested to get Spotify on Linux for your Ubuntu too, please just follow this post carefully.
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Part 1. How to Install Spotify on Ubuntu/Linux
Linux is a series of free and open source operating systems with the built-in Linux kernel. Instead of offering a graphical user interface, it gets most of the job done through the terminal with high efficiency. It is beloved by a lot of programmers, engineers. To install Spotify, you can either try the Snap or Deb package.
Snap install Spotify
Spotify Snap package can be easily installed in any Linux distribution that supports Snap. Ubuntu 18.04, 17.10 and 16.04 users can download and install the app directly from the Software Center.
If Snap is not installed on your system, you can type the following command:
sudo apt-get install snapd
And then install Spotify Snap app with the command:
sudo snap install spotify
Once it is installed, you can find it from the application menu. The Spotify Snap application integrates fine with the Ubuntu system. It doesn't add any new media control options but does supports the play/pause, forward/backward media keys on your system.
Debian install Spotify
Spotify for Linux is also released as a Debian package. If you have a Debian based Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, elementary OS, Solus, etc., you can follow these steps to install it.
Step 1. Add the Spotify repository signing keys to be able to verify downloaded packages
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys 931FF8E79F0876134EDDBDCCA87FF9DF48BF1C90
Step 2. Add the Spotify repository
echo deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list
Step 3. Update list of available packages and install Spotify package
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install spotify-client
Part 2. How to Download Spotify Music on Linux
After installing the Spotify app on to your Ubuntu system, you should be able to download the songs for offline listening as long as you subscribe to the Spotify premium membership. The operation is similar to Windows and Mac. The only small drawback is that sometimes some bugs may appear as the Linux version is not maintained officially.
If you don't want these hassles and save your subscription fee monthly, there is another way to help you transfer Spotify songs to your local drives of your Linux desktops and play them via the supported players such as VLC. You just need a third-party Spotify download tool. DRmare Spotify Song Converter for Windows/Mac is a must-have tool for any music fans. It has unrivalled converting speed and output quality when downloading songs compared to any other streaming audio recorders in the world. So it will definitely save you a bunch of time if you are going to download thousands of songs. By saving the songs offline, you can move them to your Linux via USB or any cloud drives.
DRmare Spotify Music Ripper
- Download songs/playlists to listen offline without premium subscription
- Batch convert Spotify tracks with up to 5X converting speed which is the fastest
- Convert the Ogg Vorbis audio files to MP3, M4A, M4B, FLAC, WAV, AAC losslessly
- The exported songs are supported widely for any devices in theory including Linux
With the DRmare software, you can get all the ready-made Spotify playlists, tracks fit for any moods quickly for your Linux within a few clicks. Before you invest your money for this tool, you can also try it out for free.
- Step 1Paste Spotify Link to DRmare
- You can right click on the song or playlist, it will show you the option "Copy Playlist URL" and then please copy and paste the URL link of Spotify playlist to DRmare search bar and press the '+' button. Another way to do that is by dragging & dropping the songs.
- Step 2Set output format and parameters
- After adding the songs to DRmare, you can click the top "Help" menu > "Preferences" to open the settings window for which you can set the output format as you want such as MP3, AAC, M4B, M4A, WAV, FLAC. Besides, you can adjust the channel, sample rate, bit rate and so on.
- Step 3Save the Spotify songs to your local folder
- Please press the "Convert" button to launch the converting process. DRmare music downloader will convert DRM-protected music to DRM-free Spotify audio files. After converting, you can click the "Converted list" button to check and locate the songs from the output folder.
- Step 4Copy the Spotify songs to Linux via USB
- Finally, you can move the converted songs to a USB and transfer them to your Ubuntu computers. To play the songs, you can use any free digital media players which are compatible with Linux such as Miro, VLC, MPV, SMPlayer, Kodi and much more.