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HowTo: Fix Jumping/Skipping Sound in Spotify under Wine – Ubuntu Karmic (9.10)

The sound in Spotify was jumping or skipping much like a scratched disk would. After a little investigation I found a couple of ways to fix it with people saying one worked but the other didn’t for them. (Solution 2 worked for me).

Solution 1:

Open terminal and type:


Click on the Audio tab along the top and remove ALSA and try OSS as your sound drivers

Solution 2:

gedit ~/.asoundrc

add the following line to the file:
pcm.pulse { type pulse } ctl.pulse { type pulse } pcm.!default { type pulse } ctl.!default { type pulse }

gedit /etc/pulse/daemon.conf

change the following to lines as shown below

default-fragments = 8
default-fragment-size-msec = 5

2 replies on “HowTo: Fix Jumping/Skipping Sound in Spotify under Wine – Ubuntu Karmic (9.10)”

[…] Spotify the free music application for Windows and Mac has finally been officially ported to Linux, while this is only a preview build and currently unsupported it’s at least a step in the right direction and no more running the Windows version through Wine and all the trouble I had with that. […]

Dear Alex, any chance you could write these directions for someone who knows diddly squat about computers? I have an iMac and I have an intermittent (but persistent) problem with Spotify. The music often skips and jumps like a stylus jumping on a scratched vinyl record. I have no idea how to put it right. I don’t understand either of your solutions. Open the terminal? No clue!

Thank you very much,

Ann Collins

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