I installed Ubuntu 20.04 lately and it was working absolutely fine until I opened the Software center to install some apps from the snap. I typed the name of the app I needed and it is not even showing after one hour. It is loading for ages. I can install it through the terminal but I would like to know what happened to the software center. And also I hope someone could help me with commands on how to install any application without relying on software.

I tried this command

sudo apt install Spotify

It did not work.

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    spotify is snap, try snap install spotify
    – pLumo
    May 5, 2020 at 6:35
  • Yeah, got it. It worked. Thanks. one more question, Will that command works for other apps also? May 5, 2020 at 6:39
  • It will work for all apps from the snapstore. I still prefer apt if available...
    – pLumo
    May 5, 2020 at 6:41
  • Applications can be packaged differently; something packaged as a snap can only be installed with the snap command, and vice versa.
    – kurja
    May 5, 2020 at 6:42

2 Answers 2


I recommend that you don't install the snap version of Spotify due to some bugs like here or here that might cause it not to launch, other than the performance issues associated with Snap but rather do this:

curl -sS https://download.spotify.com/debian/pubkey.gpg | sudo apt-key add - 
echo "deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install spotify-client

This is the same client as the snap and you can update it with your usual system update/upgrade.


in my opinion snap is generally a bad idea: it has advantages for packager but only disadvantages for user. I stick to the unix way: If you learn a few commands it is much faster than struggling with sloooow gui. Things like:

sudo apt search "what you search for"
sudo apt purge "packename"

give you the full power in your hands. I don't miss any software center.

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