Disable Spotify song change notification in Debian Linux

Recently Spotify started sending notifications to the desktop on song change. This is unnecessarily annoying and breaks my flow, so it had to go.

(and since I usually just listen to the same playlists anyway, I’m very well aware what the song name is ;-))

This appeared after a recent apt-get upgrade on my Debian Jessie machine. The interwebs is full of helpful advice on how to fix this on your Mac (growl something something), but not so much for Debian Linux.

The nice Archlinux people knew how, however:

After version 0.9.10, track change notifications were enabled by default. They can be quite intrusive. To disable them, add the following line to ~/.config/spotify/Users/<spotifylogin>-user/prefs

ui.track_notifications_enabled=false
It is also possible to launch spotify with the –ui.track_notifications_enabled=false option.

Works like a charm. Perfect. I’m using version 0.9.10.17.g4129 of spotify-client from their apt-repository.

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4 Responses to Disable Spotify song change notification in Debian Linux

  1. justin credible says:

    my problem was that spotify was like freezing my desktop for 2 seconds while changing to the next song, using debian wheezy. disabling the track notifications like you mentioned above solved that, so, thank you! :)

  2. Tom says:

    Great! I finally solved this annoying problem of a freezing desktop every time the song changes. Thanks a lot!

  3. Boomer says:

    a ‘killall spotify’ is handy to force reload settings. Worked like a charm, thanks!

  4. Paul says:

    Worked great, thanks! Ubuntu 15.04

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