How can I run Spotify under Ubuntu 11.04?

Trevor July 22, 2011

I followed the guide on Spotify’s website to run it under Wine. I got it installed, but when I try to play a song I get a message saying there is a problem with my sound card. I also tried adding the repos to no avail.

  1. ginkgo
    August 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I got the same error message (Ubuntu 11.04). I already had pulseaudio installed. 
    I didn't run the "Fix Script" that h a14 linked, but I changed my wine settings to use EsounD Driver (all else un-checked). and it works!

  2. Trevor Lenten
    July 28, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I installed spotify via PlayOnLinux and it works great. 

    • Cristian Prisacariu
      August 16, 2011 at 9:59 am

      Thanks. PlayOnLinux was too simple to use and install in my Ubuntu 11.04 It is in the repository and has Spotify in its database of applications ready to install. Perfect. PlayOnLinux is a nice frontend for wine.

  3. Trevor Lenten
    July 25, 2011 at 1:40 am

    I ran the command to install pulse and it was up to date. I will try more trouble shooting tomorrow. Thank you for your response 

    • Tina
      July 28, 2011 at 1:21 am

      Please let us know whether or not you find a solution, Trevor.

  4. Tina
    July 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm


    did you try ha14's suggestion and did it solve your problem? Please let us know. Thank you!

  5. Anonymous
    July 24, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Spotify in Wine

    To get sound back when Wine destroys it all, you only need to do:killall -9 pulseaudioThe pulseaudio system will restart itself in a few seconds, there is no need to manually run it.Make Wine and PulseAudio get along

    • Trevor Lenten
      July 26, 2011 at 12:45 am

      well I tried all of your suggestions and none of them worked. oh well I'll keep on googling and just stick to grooveshark for now

      • Anonymous
        July 26, 2011 at 7:01 am

        Try this Spotify Fix Script from this link

        Close SpotifyIn terminal type winecfgClick on the Audio tab (should be in the top middle)Click “Test Audio” and if you hear a sound this should work..Re-open Spotify and check a track, if it’s playing it’s worked otherwise you may have a different issue..Go to "Applications"->"Wine"->"Wine Configure" and go to the "Audio" tab, it takes a moment to load up. Try those settings:Uncheck "ALSA Driver" boxCheck "EsounD Driver" boxHit Apply, OK and then "Test Sound" and if you can hear the sound clearly try running Spotify again and see if that fixes your sound problems

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