For Spotify to be available in the US, there is still some vague statement about it being available in 2010 , but it would be good to see them announce a committed date.
Spotify is previewing a Linux version of its popular music-streaming service. According to a blog post from Andres Sehr, Spotify's global community manager, the company's developers built this Linux incarnation for selfish reasons — at least in part — piecing it together during hack days and late-night coding sessions. "A lot …
Brilliant. Hope other companies follow suite. I think it's all very chicken and egg (wrt. linux native apps) - for example, picasa - is only really a packaged wine port - not native, hence why the uptake wasn't massive, which was googles reason for not giving 3.5, etc.
The more native apps we get, the more people will start using it. Just now need iTunes (horrible software, but so many people want it) and photoshop.
languishing presumably because of the restriction of needing a premium account. I only hope that this premium-only native client doesn't give them an excuse to let the currently minor niggles of the Windows / Wine version get worse, to the point where Linux freeloaders are forced to get a premium account. Presumably the Spotify developers that are scratching their own itch are enjoying a freebie premium account...
The wine version runs quite nicely on FreeBSD, but only in a 'native' x server - run it under Xvnc and all the chrome disappears - common wine issue, but annoying when you want to allow multiple people to control one spotify instance.
Quite fancy trying this version - I get to run spotify under a linux abi compatibility layer, rather than under a win32 abi compatability layer! - to see if it solves these annoyances, but why did they go for Qt4 - so much extra hassle, and everyone knows* gnome is the only way to go.
* Hence the flame icon.
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