How to Make Rainmeter Visualizer Work with Spotify Support

Updated by Adam Gorden on Oct. 25, 2022 5:00 PM.
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Hi! Is there an audio visualizer/now playing that works with Spotify? I mainly use Spotify on my computer and all the visualizers I have looked at don't seem to work with Spotify. Do I need to change it in settings? Thank you!

Spotify is not only an amazing online music player, you can even visualize it with the help from Rainmeter. You might be wondering what Rainmeter is, it's a fantastic tool that can manage your desktop and make it looks better than ever. Your desktop can become interactive and motional, and what you need to do on Rainmeter only requires very basic knowledge.

So in the following parts, we're going to introduce how to set up and make Rainmter work with visualizer - like Monstercat. What's more, we even figure out a method to fix the most frustruating Spotify Now Playing.

Part 1. How to Make Rainmeter Work with Spotify Visualizer
    1.1 Rainmeter: how to set up with Spotify visualizer (Monstercat)
    1.2 Rainmeter: how to get Spotify Now Playing on desktop
Part 2. How to Make Rainmeter Work with Spotify Now Playing
    2.1 Rainmeter: how to get Spotify Now Playing with more visualizers
    2.2 ViWizard: how to get Spotify Now Playing on Rainmeter

Part 1. How to Make Rainmeter Work with Spotify Visualizer

Spotify Rainmeter Visualizer

Regarding the Spotify visualizer, actually there're tons of them on the internet - like Monstercat visualizer. As long as they can be properly run, then they can visualize what's playing on Spotify.

Rainmeter Visualizer: how to set up with skins like Monstercat

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Here we'll like to take Monstercat as an example to show how to set it up to make it react to Spotify songs on desktop. Of course these steps apply to any skins you download.

1. Go to www.rainmeter.net to download the latest version of Rainmeter and install it from the webiste to the desktop.

2. Go to Rainmeter Skins, Themes, Visualizers & Widgets to pick up some skins > Download. Of course more websites like Deviantart and Github offer more. The downloads are .zip files or .rar files that can unzip into the Simple Epoca files.

Note: Here we've tested in Monstercat visualzier. You can download it from the Github: monstercat-visualizer > Assets > Monstercat.Visualizer.for.Rainmerter_2.1.0.rmskin.

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3. Unzip the downloads and copy the skin file (for example: .rmskin file) and paste it to Documents/Rainmeter/Skins. You can use Rainmeter Skin Installer to install the included components in the skin.

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4. Now launch Rainmeter, and it is in the taskbar.

5. Go to the taskbar, right-click the Rainmeter icon > Refresh all. Now this will loads and added the skins to the skin list.

6. In the skin list, use Skins to find the skin, then find the Visualizer. For example, use Skins > monstercat-visualizer > visualizer.ini.

monstercat visualizer

7. Now the visualizer will appear on the desktop.

Now open the Spotify > Play, the visualizer will react to the sound coming from it. In our test, monstercat works fine to react to it.

Tips: You can right-click the visualizer > Settings > Draggable to adjust the position of the visualizer on the desktop. You can also click Edit Skin to change the parameters to make it look more natural.

monstercat draggable

Rainmeter Visualizer: how to get Spotify Now Playing on desktop

While the Rainmeter skins work fine on the desktop, it doesn't work as expected when it comes to the Spotify Now Playing support. There used to be loads of skins that can show the Now Playing status with a slick interface. But as Spotify updates frequently, most skins won't update like Monstercat Visualizer.

Tips: Now Spotify is supported via WebNowPlaying in Monstercat Visualizer. You can use Media Player > WebNowPlaying, then make it work with Spotify web player.

monstercat webnowplaying

To retrieve Spotify song information via Monstercat and more skins, we must use another method to show it and control the playback on the desktop. Keep Reading.

Part 2. How to Make Rainmeter Work with Spotify Now Playing

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Rainmeter Visualizer: how to get Spotify Now Playing on desktop

You must notice that there're more media players that are supported on Rainmeter visualizer like iTunes and Windows Media Player. Through this common support, it's simple to retrieve Spotify song information on widgets. You just need a powerful tool like ViWizard Spotify Music Converter to transfer your Spotify songs to iTunes or Windows Media Player.

ViWizard: how to get Spotify Now Playing on Rainmeter

With no Premium required, a free account can enable ViWizard users download and convert all your favorite or most-played songs from Spotify into audios supported with these 2 common media players. On Rainmeter, set the default player as the player you're using to play the converted Spotify songs, then you can get the Now Playing feature.

Added with DRM removal function, ViWizard Spotify Music Converter is designated to convert Spotify songs into 6 different formats like MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV and FLAC. Almost 100% of the original song quality will be kept after converting process. With 5X faster speed, it only takes few seconds to download each to the desktop.

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ViWizard Spotify Music Converter Key Features

  • Convert and download Spotify songs to MP3 and other formats
  • Download any Spotify contents at 5X faster speed
  • Play Spotify songs offline without Premium
  • Get Rainmeter Spotify Now Playing feature
  • Save Spotify with the original audio quality and ID3 tags
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1Launch ViWizard and Import Songs from Spotify

add spotify music

Open ViWizard software and the Spotify will be launched simultaneously. Then drag and drop tracks from Spotify into the ViWizard interface.

2 Set Up Output Parameters

select output format

After adding music tracks from Spotify to ViWizard, you can choose the output audio format. There're six options including MP3, M4A, M4B, AAC, WAV and FLAC. And then you can adjust the audio quality by selecting the output channel, bit rate, and sample rate.

3 Start the Conversion

convert spotify songs

Once all the setting is finished, click the "Convert" button to start loading Spotify music tracks. After the conversion, all the files will be saved to your specified folder. You could browse all the converted songs by clicking "Converted" and navigate to the output folder.

2.2 Rainmeter: how to get Spotify Now Playing with more Visualizers

Now with ViWizard, it's simple to upload the files to iTunes or Windows Media Player and activate them on the Rainmeter with the Now Playing feature:

1. Launch Rainmeter on the desktop, repeat the steps to open a Player skin > Settings.

2. Choose either iTunes or Windows Media Player to display Spotify songs with the widget.

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3. In iTunes or Windows Media Player, play the uploaded songs and now the Now Playing feature is activated on the desktop.

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