Despotify - the open source Spotify client proudly presents an open source Spotify client


 Quite a few Spotify related sites have appeared since we launched in October, I've previously mentioned a number of them which are dedicated to sharing playlists but there are lots of other sites that talk about Spotify or have used Spotify in interesting ways.
 We love stuff like this so if you've done something creative with Spotify please let us know, we'd like to see it and share it with everyone.

Source: Spotified CD collection and some other community sites

Video intro (old ncurses client)

Source code for Despotify

The latest version of the source code is available in our Subversion repository

Feel free to browse the source code

You'll need OpenSSL, zlib, libvorbis and one of the packages to support the audio backends. Under Linux you can choose between pulseaudio, gstreamer and libao.

Installation command for dependencies under Debian/Ubuntu
  aptitude install libssl-dev zlib1g-dev libvorbis-dev libtool
  aptitude install libpulse-dev # For pulseaudio backend
  aptitude install libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0 libgstreamer0.10-dev # For GStreamer backend
  aptitude install libao-dev # For libao backend


May 25th, 2009 - The birth of Spot, a client for the iPhone

@nevyn is developing Spot, an open source Spotify client for the iPhone/iPod Touch based on despotify.

The source code is available on GitHub and there's an introductionary video of it on YouTube.

March 6th, 2009 - Protocol implementation in Java

A Spotify protocol implementation in Java is being developed at

Are you a developer without a premium subscription on Spotify?
We've decided to sponsor five people who contact us with details about their project
This will be done by refunding (PayPal only) their first month as a premium subscriber.

Contact us for more information.

March 5th, 2009 - Statement regarding security breach

Despotify is actively and falsely being accused of hacking into Spotify.
Under Criticism is our statement on the matter.

despotify is about providing an open source client to Spotify's service and providing tools to allow third parties to develop new and cool services that make use of Spotify's platform and services.
Please see our FAQ for more information.

February 26th, 2009 - Update regarding the usage of 'Free' accounts

Despotify has been blocked for users using 'Free' accounts.
You can still use Despotify using 'Premium' accounts.

We will not attempt to circumvent this block, nor accept any patches circumventing it. If you disagree with this decision, you are free to fork the code.


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