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25Aug/110

How to use Spotify in Ubuntu 11.04


To use Spotify in Ubuntu, you can do one of two things:

1. Get Spotify Premium and install the Linux client.

Or,

2. Install Spotify using Wine, the Windows Emulator.

First, follow the instructions on Spotify's website.

If that worked, great! If instead you got a message in Spotify like this:

There is a problem with your sound card. Spotify can't play music

Close Spotify. We need verify that you have set up Wine's audio configuration correctly.

Run winecfg through the Applications menu:

Applications > Wine > Wine configuration > Audio THEN...

(or ALT+F2, and type: padsp winecfg, or running winecfg through Terminal. Whatever)

> Tick the OSS driver
> choose Emulation on Hardware Acceleration
> Make the default sample rate 44100
> Make the default bits per sample 16

Now, if you haven't already, CLOSE SPOTIFY.

Run Spotify again. Still the same message, "There is a problem with your sound card. Spotify can't play music"?

If so, close Spotify and run winecfg again. This time, select ALSA as your audio driver instead of OSS.

Run Spotify again. Hopefully all is well now.

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