According to the company behind popular Linux distribution, Ubuntu, called Canonical, Spotify recently made it a lot simpler for their subscribers to install the music-streaming app on Linux machines. The company recently released a universal app package that works across Linux flavors called the Spotify “snap.'”
“In launching their own snap, Spotify has ensured that their users in the Linux ecosystem are now able to enjoy the latest version of their leading music streaming application as soon as it’s released regardless of which distribution they are using,” stated Jamie Bennett of Canonical. “We’re glad to welcome Spotify to the snaps ecosystem and look forward to unveiling more leading snaps in 2018.”
The Snaps are basic installers for Linux software that can be utilised across numerous distributions of the open-source operating system software, including Manjaro, Linux Mint, OpenSUSE, Debian, Solus and Ubuntu. Snaps can also be updated or rolled back on the fly by the issuing developer, which means that users will always have the latest, and the most stable version of Spotify on their Linux machine without manually updating themselves. It is a smaller set of users than people who use Windows of macOS for example. However, having Spotify release this snap for users is likely one way to please and maintain a loyal customer base.