How to use Spotify on Ubuntu Touch

  • Thank you for testing and reporting this. Maybe there is a way to display the available playlists and more in umpd. Must have a look at that.

  • Hi everybody!

    I would like to start by saying that I am grateful for this method of using Spotify on UBports, since making Spotify work was my greatest concern when switching from Android.

    I have one problem though: I can't seem to enable write privileges in Iris. By default, it only has read access to your Spotify playlists, etc. When I try to enable write access in Iris' settings it just doesn't work. I press "Log In" under "Authorization" in the settings, proceed to login with Spotify and then I just reach a white page. Has anyone been able to enable the setting?

    EDIT: I found a workaround! Installing the "Demo Browser" from the Open Store, using it to enable write privileges and then exporting the authorization from the Demo Browser Iris client to the Morph one (Iris settings > "Share configuration" > "Spotify authorization") I successfully enabled the write access 🙂

  • @hadrianweb thank you for this how-to. it works perfectly for me.

    I just like to mention that I had to install wget, too. And it is not needed to use ssh. You can all do it in the terminal on your ub touch device.

    Again, thank you! 🙂

  • Followed the instructions recently, still works like a charm! 🙂

  • Sweet...!
    Has anybody tried this method with a bq aquaris e4.5 ?

  • @hadrianweb How did you get mopidy keep on playing with the display off? I am trying to use spotify using librespot or spotifyd but the audio becomes teriibly choppy when the display goes off.

  • Yeah, it also works well with screen off

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  • Sorry it don't work. See this Screenshot:

    Screenshot von 2020-04-04 12.30.27.png

    Any Ideas?

  • If I remember correct, you need to use newer python library with Mopidy. Xenial has too old..

    I installed Mopidy with Ubuntu Bionic 18.04 - chroot and it is working fine.

  • @HendriXXX Thanks for your reply! But what exactly do I have to do now? What commands do I have to enter?

  • @hackthisut

    I have the same problem; I followed the instructions, but mopidy won't run on my xenial-based libertine container. I tried running

    phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ libertine-container-manager create -i lxc-experiment -t lxc -d bionic

    to get a container based on a newer distribution, but that doesn't work:

    libertine-container-manager:76: ERROR: create(): System kernel does not support lxc type containers. Please either use chroot or omit the -t option.

    Not sure how to proceed; note that I'm making my first baby steps with ubuntu touch, so it's well possible that I messed up some initial step, making the guide non-appicable in the first place.

  • I have installed again from zero making all the steps on guide and works well on xenial container

  • @dispanser said in How to use Spotify on Ubuntu Touch:

    -d bionic

    The problem there is that you are not continuing the guide, try without using "-t lxc"

  • Hello.

    Thank you for this instructive tutorial. Most of the steps went well. But there were some problems.

    (There 's the minor issue, that the referenced icon audio-x-generic isn't there. But I guess, that 's something, I'll figure out by myself. I just wanted to keep you informed.)

    Sadly, it won't work: If I click on the Mopidy icon, there 's a wheel for a moment. Then it stops and vanishes. Is there a way to get a log file?

    libertine-container-manager list-apps

    I had to do some version upgrades for Mopidy-Iris wouldn't start with python2.7. Could the problem be originated in the parallel installation of different versions of python?

    Ubuntu 'Xenial Xerus' 16.04
    OnePlus One
    Ubuntu 16.04 (OTA-12)

    Could it be a problem with the Spotify authorization? Do I have to use "..."? I am not sure, if I have to use the (kind of cryptic) username mentioned on

    Please, let me know, if you need further informatoin. Any help would be welcome.

  • @connochaetes
    There is work being done on a native Spotify client by @manland. Look here to help testing the beta version of his app.

  • OK. Obviously, I had to do some homework. (To all the readers: Thanks for your patience. Hopefully, my posts could be useful for UBports learners.)

    It 's a standard that you the libertine container's version is the same as UBports' - in my case 16.04 (xenial):

    libertine-container-manager create -i xenial

    I am switching as root into the newly built libertine container. It 's a GNU/LInux system where packages could be installed via apt:

    libertine-container-manager exec -i xenial -c "/bin/bash"

    For example, I am installing vim:

    apt install vim

    I am leaving the libertine container:


    Outside the libertine container, I can see the installed packages this way:

    libertine-container-manager list-apps

    I added the matching mopidy repository. If I am right, on a 16.04 (xenial) system, it has to be jessie:

    wget -q -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mopidy.list

    I am installing mopidy and mopidy-spotify via apt. I do the (hopefully) appropriate configuration. I am starting mopidy using the new icon in my OnePlus One's GUI. Here 's the appropriate log file:

    cat ~/.cache/upstart/application-legacy-xenial_mopidy_0.0-.log

    Yay! So far, all went well. - Now, I have to install Mopidy-Iris as a Python package. Therefore, I have to install Python3.7. This is, where the road is starting to get bumpy (for me), for I am not too familiar with Python packages:

    apt install software-properties-common
    add-apt-repository ppa:deadsnakes/ppa
    apt install python3.7
    apt install python3-pip
    python3.7 -m pip install Mopidy-Iris

    Now, thing's are getting out of (my) control:

    • A message is requesting me to upgrade pip.
    • I guess, mopidy is installed as a Python package in another version as the previous one.
    • I am not able to start mopidy via icon. I am not able to see a file ~/.cache/upstart/application-legacy-xenial_mopidy_0.0-.log.
    • Starting mopidy in the libertine container's console via command line, I see that (another version of) gstreamer is requested.

    I guess, this dependency mash-up is caused by Python3.7 from the deadsnakes repository. At this moment, I am not able to fix this.

    Any suggestions?

  • Is there an alternative to Mopidy-Iris. (So far, mopidy itself was working for me.)

    @arubislander Thanks for your suggestion. I'm going to have a look.

  • OK. I just tested authentification and Mopidy-Iris on another GNU/Linux machine. It 's working there.
    So, right now, I 'll "only" have to get things (e. g. Mopidy-Iris in a libertine container... or Futify) running on my UBports device.

  • Earlier, @arubislander mentioned:

    @arubislander said in How to use Spotify on Ubuntu Touch:

    There is work being done on a native Spotify client by @manland. Look here to help testing the beta version of his app.

    I tested the app. For me, it's the solution. - Spotify-Iris still won't work on my OnePlus One (bacon). I hope, my long postings weren't bothering you. Perhaps, someone can learn some things about libertine containers by reading them.

    Thanks to the community.