Spotify is pretty damn cool. I think we can all agree on this. What’s even cooler (if you’re an Open Source/Linux geek) is running a third-party ncurses client to connect to Spotify. Here’s what I had to do on Fedora 17 (64 bit).
subversion libtool libogg-devel libvorbis-devel pulseaudio-libs pulseaudio-libs-devel zlib-devel gstreamer-devel libao-devel openssl-devel ncurses-devel
svn co https://despotify.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/despotify despotify
sudo make install
libdespotify.so.0got installed. Now, I’m sure there’s a more intelligent way to do this (please tell me if you know by commenting on this blog post, or hit me up on twitter: @tbielawa), but lacking the necessary knowledge, I opted use symbolic links (note: this fixes the “
despotify: error while loading shared libraries: libdespotify.so.0:" cannot openerror message you may be seeing)
sudo ln -s ../lib/libdespotify.so.0
?” key to see a list of shortcuts.
ctrl+eis a shortcut for
User not found” error message. Per the information in this thread on the archlinux forumsI did the following:
That’s everything I had to do. So, is it worth it? No. Not really. But it was a fun little experiment/challenge.
The interface is immature, at best. It’s lacking most/all of the functionality I really enjoy in the official Spotify client, such as creating and listening to artist/song based radios, receiving/sending music suggestions to friends, Starring songs for offline listening later, etc…
What you can do is search for artists/tracks and play the results, and, impress your friends? I guess. (probably not though)