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    Hi!
    I recently undertook the task of setting up a friends Vortexbox in his house. So I figured out how to set it up with their home network and control it with a squeezebox controller app from my phone.
    Even more recently, they told me they don't actually have any music downloaded to load onto the server, and that they only use Spotify.

    So my question is, how do I go about setting up Spotify to work on the Vortexbox system? (I'm a bit of a computer noob)

    Help would be great, as I'd love to see this up and running.

  • #2
    1. login to users account at mysqueezebox.com. go to all apps and select Spotify app to install. Then under that app, go to settings and enter spotify login credentials. Also go to player tab and enable spotify app for all players.
    2. go to the web interface for LMS (which is running on the vortexbox), lower right side of screen select SETTINGS.
    3. in settings page, select "plugins" tab
    4. tick (to install) the logitech official plugin AND the Spotify Protocol Handler plugin. Choose restart to apply when asked
    5. go back to LMS > Settings > Plugins > Spotify Plugin Handler, click on settings next to it in list. Enter Spotify login credentials.

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    • #3
      There is an easier way and you can reuse the vortexbox hardware for something else. But a raspberry pi and install dietpi on it.
      1. Install DietPi
      2. Look up the most recent release of Librespot125 and copy the link to the latest ZIP-file
      3. SSH into your Pi and get the ZIP (example; copy your own link after 'wget'):
      4. Unzip:
        unzip librespot-linux-armhf-raspberry_pi.zip -d .
      5. Create the service definition:
        nano /etc/systemd/system/spotify-connect.service
      6. Paste the following into the empty file:
        [Unit]
        Description=Spotify Connect
        After=network-online.target
        [Service]
        Type=idle
        User=root
        ExecStart=/root/librespot --name SpotifyConnect --cache /tmp --bitrate 320 --backend alsa --device hw:0 > /dev/null 2>&1
        Restart=always
        RestartSec=10
        StartLimitInterval=30
        StartLimitBurst=20
        [Install]
        WantedBy=multi-user.target
      7. Save with CTRL-X, Y
      8. Reload daemons:
        systemctl daemon-reload
      9. Enable your new service:
        systemctl enable spotify-connect.service
      10. Enable and activate your new service:
        systemctl start spotify-connect.service
      11. That's all. Spotify Connect will be loaded automatically every time you boot your Pi.
      These instructions are based on a post by Rene Bouwmeester on the Roon forums
      Sometimes I like Spotify – mostly for the playlists and the way it seems to know me well enough to cater to my tastes in recommendations. For those running a Pi (or similar SBC) with a HAT, there's an easy way to add Spo…

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      • #4
        How is that easier! lol

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        • #5
          I use the Triode system and as I am on a family account the SpotifyFamily plugin, you need to pick the right family member number to get it working. With a small bit of reading it was not hard to setup and has never missed a beat. Note it must be a premium account to work.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jimmi View Post
            How is that easier! lol
            It's easier in that any Spotify account can connect and play, if you arent familiar with Spotify connect have a google, and the setup uses very cheap hardware and once setup just works. I have seen many have trouble with the LMS Spotify plugins over time.

            Anyway just giving people a choice, nobody has to use it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tkr001 View Post

              It's easier in that any Spotify account can connect and play, if you arent familiar with Spotify connect have a google, and the setup uses very cheap hardware and once setup just works. I have seen many have trouble with the LMS Spotify plugins over time.

              Anyway just giving people a choice, nobody has to use it.
              I agree choice is good! Just smiling at your impression of "easy" compared to the quick settings in LMS. Perhaps past plugins have been more difficult but I think the current plugins as per Gary's post are stable and easy. I have set up several friends very quickly.

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              • #8
                If you are looking for a method to play Spotify music on Vortexbox system, here I can provide an easy tutorial for you. You simply need to download Spotify playlist to MP3 on Mac and then transfer them to your Vortexbox device for offline playback. For more detailed information please refer to this page: https://www.audfree.com/spotify-music-converter-mac/

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                • #9
                  A better and easier solution is "Spotty - Spotify Connect for your Squeezebox". (Requires a Spotify Premium account)
                  It's nice because it supports "family" accounts, audio quality levels and can be controlled from the LMS interface, from iPeng or direct from the Spotify app and it's updated automatically.

                  Use Squeezebox Server's Settings/Plugins to add the following additional repository. You'll then be able to install the SPOTTY plugin right from the Squeezebox Server web interface.

                  http://www.herger.net/slim-plugins/repo.xml


                  More info here:
                  https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...our-Squeezebox

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