Problem 1:

When closing Spotify, the music stops, but the windows doesn't quit. Clicking repeatedly gives me a "Force Quit" option, as Spotify has stopped responding.

Problem 2:

When listening to music via Spotify, (installed via snapstore; Premium Account) I can see and control the current song via the media control on the wingpanel.

However, I'm missing any kind of album art. I only ever get the default "music" icon.

Music Control

I've seen in this post that the OP could see their album art from Spotify, so I assume it must be something about my configuration.


Spotify is installed via the snap store, I have a Premium Account, I'm on Elementary OS 5.1.6 Hera.

I can't recall ever not having the aforementioned problems, but just to be sure, all I remember to have changed regarding Spotify:

  • I disabled the notification that occurs after every song in Spotify's settings

Update: With a little patience, it seems, Spotify does close normally, although very slowly in my opinion. However, Problem 2 persists

Update 2: While Spotify's still usable, I've taken the problem as a motivation to install mopidy with a spotify backend and iris frontend instead, which was admittedly a totally overblown solution. I'd still prefer Spotify to work completely, as I'm stubborn like that, but oh well.

  • Have you tried the old way of installing Spotify. It could be a snap thing.
    – Storm
    Commented Jul 13, 2020 at 11:20
  • Sorry, I'm quite new to elementary, what's "the old way"? I tried to install from flathub, which did not help.
    – hpr
    Commented Jul 13, 2020 at 17:38
  • Okay, I've also tried adding the spotify repository and installing with apt. That version behaves slightly differently (it closes faster, it shows a green spotify icon in the media control, but it still doesn't show album art and it opens a new spotify application everytime I click it in media control it, instead of focusing the existing one.)
    – hpr
    Commented Jul 13, 2020 at 17:59

1 Answer 1


Remove Spotify installed from flathub.

Link: https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360001125187-How-do-you-uninstall-Flatpacks-

Remove Spotify installed old way via terminal.

sudo apt purge spotify

Install Spotify via terminal:

sudo apt install spotify
  • I assume the prerequisite for this is adding Spotify's repos as described here spotify.com/de/download/linux and then installing spotify-client? Or should I actually be able to install "spotify" and something's messed up?
    – hpr
    Commented Jul 17, 2020 at 13:56
  • Type in Google How to install Spotify in Elementary OS. First link: linuxhint.com/install_spotify_elementary_os From now always search on your own.
    – Sysadmin
    Commented Jul 17, 2020 at 18:07
  • I was just making sure you didn't mean something I missed, I tried that already, as indicated in the comments on my original post. I might be a newbie to linux, but I would never choose to post a question if I hadn't exhausted what I could easily find on google first, as the barrier of entry is much bigger. Thanks anyway, I might just stick with my mopidy installation for now.
    – hpr
    Commented Jul 17, 2020 at 19:42
  • Why you did not open terminal and type spotify? Terminal always shows errors on the screen.
    – Sysadmin
    Commented Jul 18, 2020 at 5:19

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