The latest version of Spotify removed the option to minimize the application to the system tray and this is quite annoying. As a quick fix I made a wrapper application that does this job instead.
It works like this: instead of starting Spotify, you start the wrapper application which then starts Spotify. You should now have an icon in the tray that looks similar to the Spotify icon. Left-clicking the icon toggles the state of minimized / shown and right clicking gives you a menu with controls like play /pause etc. You can pause / play Spotify by clicking the tray icon with the middle mouse button. If you accidentally close Spotify with the X button you can just click the icon in the system tray and Spotify will start again. From version 0.9 you can define global hotkeys for certain functions, instructions are included in a pdf-file.
Installation: unzip the archive
and edit the settings.txt file. The only thing you might need to change here is the second line that says “Spotify Free”, if you have a premium account change this to “Spotify Premium” (or just “Spotify” if “Spotify Premium” won’t work), otherwise leave it as it is. Move the folder to the Program files folder and create a shortcut for SpotifyWrapper.exe to the desktop or wherever.
Note: On Windows XP you have to change the path to Spotify.exe in settings.txt.
Global Hotkeys: Can be defined in settings.txt file, see included pdf for instructions.
Balloon Tip: To enable the balloon tip (shows song info when song changes) change the zero in the second row in the settings file (Balloon:0) to for example 500, the number indicates how long the balloon should be shown in milliseconds (a value of 1000 equals one second).
Minimize button: The normal minimize button can now (v1.2) be used to minimize to tray with one limitation. The Spotify app can’t be restored to the same window state so in the settings file you can specify if the app should be restored windowed or maximized. Clicking the tray icon to minimize / show keeps track of the state as normal.
Start minimized: There is now also an option for starting Spotify minimized when you run Spotify Wrapper. This option is disabled by default but can be enabled in settings.txt.
I have tested this application only on my Windows 7 machine but feel free to test it and please report any issues you might have. I can’t promise to give you much support though but if there are obvious bugs in the application I will fix them.
If you like this app please consider a small donation, as everything you find on this site is free and I don’t like ads. The wrapper application does NOT contain any malware or spyware so don’t worry about that. 🙂
V1.2: Minimize to tray with normal minimize button (restore windowed or maximized), possible to start Spotify minimized
V1.1: Fixed a bug that caused the app to crash if a global hotkey was already defined by another app
V1.0: Balloon Tip at song change (can be disabled), Artist – Title also shown when hovering over tray icon
V0.9: Definable Global Hotkeys
V0.8: Middle mouse button to pause / play Spotify
V0.7: Works with newest version of Spotify (188.8.131.52), easier installation
V0.6: Added an about box, no other changes
V0.5: Spotify shown as foreground window after being hidden
V0.4: Added controls for playback etc.
V0.3: Easier installation, limited to one instance, restarting of Spotify if closed.
V0.2: Small Bug fix
V0.1: Initial release