What is Spotify?
Spotify is one of the most popular audio and media streaming services in the world. Founded in Sweden, Spotify has about 406 million monthly active users among which 180 million are monthly paying subscribers, as of December 2021. The audio platform offers digital copyright-restricted recorded podcasts and music, comprising above 82 million songs from record labels and media companies.
You can listen to music on it for free but then you will have to bear with the annoying advertisements. To avoid ads, you can purchase the service and enjoy commercial-free listening.
Today, we will look at how to install Spotify on our system. The operating system that we have used to demonstrate the installation process on is Linux Mint 20.2 Cinamon. We will install the application using Snap Packet Manager.
Let’s begin installing the application!
Following are the steps involved in downloading and installing Spotify on the machine:
Step 1: Remove nosnap.pref
We need to download Snap to move on to installing Spotify. To enable downloading Snap, you first have to make some configuration changes. Run the command mentioned below to do that. This command will remove nosnap.pref from your system. After that, we will be able to install snap.
sudo rm /etc/apt/preferences.d/nosnap.pref
Since you ran the command with sudo, you will have to mention your password to go ahead.
Step 2: Update your system
To update the changes you just made in the previous step, run this command:
sudo apt update
Step 3: Install Snap
Now we can finally install Snap. To do that, run the following command:
sudo apt install snapd
Step 4: Install Spotify
Now we have reached the main step where we will finally install Spotify on our system. It can be done by running the following command:
sudo snap install Spotify
The installation will take less than 5 minutes.
Step 5: Verify Installation
The next job is to make sure if the application has been successfully installed or not.
There are two ways to check that. You can either verify it using the Terminal or with the help of GUI.
Verify on the command line:
To check if Spotify exists on your machine, run the version command like this:
If in the output, you get the version number of the application, that means you have successfully installed the application. If not, try the other method to verify the installation.
Verify by opening the application’s GUI
You can also verify the installation by going to the start menu and typing Spotify in the search bar. If the application exists, it will show up as shown below:
Next, open the application and see if it is working fine.
Now you can make an account here and start streaming your favorite songs. Enjoy!
How to uninstall Spotify from Linux Mint 20.2
Sometimes we have to remove the application as we don’t need it anymore. That is why we should also learn how to uninstall the application. To do that, all we need is one command and it will completely remove the application from the system.
This is the command used for this purpose:
sudo snap remove spotify
Once uninstalled, you will receive an output like this:
In this guide, we saw how easy it is to install Spotify on our machine with Linux Mint 20.2 as the operating system. Not just that, we also saw how we can remove the application with the help of just one command.
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Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications including CCNA RS, SCP, and ACE. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various websites.