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The Best Cloud Music Options for the Linux Desktop

Feb 08, 2012, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"Most of the cloud services offer web-based playback that generally works on Linux browsers ? Last.fm, Slacker, MOG, 8tracks, Qriocity, etc. But generally does not mean always. Users have reported trouble with Rdio, for example, even when using the same version of Firefox that functions without incident on other OSes. Consequently, if there is a standalone desktop application available, your odds of getting uninterrupted playback are better.

A few of the streaming music services offer explicit support for desktop Linux as a platform. Among the most prominent is Spotify, whose Windows client can run on WINE under the hood, and who offers a "preview" edition of a native Linux application.

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