I got a first look at Spotify Premium when Klout gave me a free month of service and I was impressed by the quality of the Spotify service and in fact found it to be superior to any other music service around right now. I personally contemplated paying the small monthly fee but figured in the end I would not use it quite enough to justify the cost.
I was saddened to find out that the Spotify Linux Preview client does not currently have support for Free Accounts because Spotify Developers say that they have not found a reliable way to embed advertisements to support free accounts using the client.
It troubles me to figure out how the Spotify Developers came to the conclusion that adding ads to a Linux Client would be troublesome or even hard because there are plenty of other apps that do have ads including Slacker’s Linux-based application.
I sent an e-mail to Spotify about two weeks ago but have yet to receive any response and I wish their community had better interaction with developers. I’m hopeful that Spotify’s management team will realize that this Linux Preview client should be a priority because if Free accounts can use it that means more exposure to the service and likely more conversions to paid accounts.
Do not underestimate the power of porting your applications to Linux…. Adobe has made this mistake and nobody should follow their footsteps!