How to Record Spotify Music with Audacity on Windows

Updated by Adam Gorden on Sep 18, 2021 5:25 PM.

Spotify, as one of the biggest online music streaming providers, hits millions of music fans from all over the world with more than 70 million high-quality songs. But there's a fun fact about this internet giant, none of its 356 million users get access to listen to its music outside the Spotify platform.

If you're a free Spotify user, you must be putting up with endless ads that pop up in the middle of the song when you're vibing to it. Or if you're a Premium user, songs downloaded from Spotify can not be played by any MP3 player other than Spotify itself.

Here's the solution, you can record Spotify with Audacity on the Windows system, and then you'll be able to play them offline with any music player no matter you're a paid user or not.

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Part 1. Quick Guide to Record Spotify with Audacity
Part 2. Alternative Way to Record Spotify with ViWizard Spotify Downloader
Part 3. Compare Audacity with ViWizard: Which is Better?

Quick Guide to Record Spotify with Audacity

Audacity is a free open-source digital audio editor and recording software. It can be applied to record audio from a wide variety of sources including record sounds from the internal speaker of the computer, which means with using audacity, music played on Spotify by the computer can be captured to the software and outputted in MP3, WAV, Ogg Vorbis or any other formats. Down below is a quick guide on how to record Spotify music with Audacity.

Step 1: Set up playback devices

Audacity preferences

To make Audacity record Spotify music for you, you need to do some settings first.

(1) Open Audacity, click on the Edit button from the toolbar and then enter the preferences page.

(2) Select Host in the Audio Host box (using Windows WASAPI is the recommended method of record sounds played on the computer).

Step 2: Turn Software Playthrough Off

Audacity setting

Enter the recording options page by clicking Recording on References and then toggle playthrough off. This will avoid a re-record process when recording a track which creates an increasingly loud series of echoes that may damage your computer.

Step 3: Start Recording with Audacity Spotify Converter

Audacity recording

Click the Record button in red and then start playing music on Spotify to record Spotify with Audacity. When the recording is finished, click the Stop square in black.

On completion, you can save your recording file in any format you wish.

Alternative Way to Record Spotify with ViWizard Spotify Downloader

Q: It's too hard for me, is there an easier way or easy-to-use Spotify recorder?

Although the above is called "Quick Guide" for record Spotify using Audacity, it's actually quite complicated especially if you're not familiar with those audio technical terms. Is there a quicker method to get the original Spotify tracks without using Audacity?

The answer is yes. ViWizard Spotify Music Converter is designed to convert Spotify Ogg Vorbis into MP3, FLAC, AAC, WAV, M4A, M4B with no quality loss. It is dedicated to helping users download songs at 5X speed out of Spotify to their personal device in 3 simple steps and make these songs available to be played on any music player.

It is also featured to better suit users' needs to allow users to customize their own output preferences.

What Does ViWizard Offer:

*This tool can be run perfectly both on Windows and Mac system

spotify music converter

ViWizard Spotify Music Converter Key Features

  • Extract Mp3 from Spotify for adding Spotify music to multiple devices
  • Download and convert Spotify songs, playlists, artists, and albums
  • Support the input format of various video editing programs on online
  • Work at 5× faster speed and preserve lossless quality audio and ID3 tags
  • Convert Spotify songs, artists, album, and playlist to common audio formats
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1 Add Spotify Music Tracks to ViWizard

add spotify tracks to ViWizard

Launch ViWizard Spotify Music Converter and then the Spotify app will be pulled up automatically. Drag and drop the audio tracks to ViWizard interface. They'll be automatically uploaded.

2 Setting Output Format and Parameters

set output format

Once completed loading input files, you can click the Format button in the bottom left and choose the output format among MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A, and M4B. You can also click the Output button and choose the output location.

3 Start Converting

downloading spotify music

With format setting done, press the Convert button and ViWizard will start the conversion process. When it is done, you can find all your converted songs by clicking the Converted button. And then you can put them and play them anywhere you want.

Video Tutorial: How to Record Spotify Music with ViWizard

Compare Audacity with ViWizard

It seems that Audacity and ViWizard are both reliable and powerful Spotify recorders. But which choice is more suitable for you? Here I conclude the features of them and produce a chart. Hope this will help you to make a considerate decision.

ViWizard Audacity
Output quality 100% lossless quality Lossy quality
Speed 5× or 1×
Bit rate from 8kbps to 320kbps ×
Sample rate from 8000 Hz to 48000 Hz ×
Output format MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A, M4B MP3, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AU, Ogg Vorbis
Supportive OS Windows, Mac Windows, Mac, Linux

According to this chart, if you only have a Linux computer and prefer free tools, you need to record from Spotify with Audacity. However, Audacity is pretty complicated to use. And the recording quality is not very satisfying. If you value the quality of the recorded audio and want a fast and easy conversion, ViWizard Spotify downloader is a better choice, which is a professional and dedicated Spotify downloader. And you can find more useful features like editing ID3 tags in this tool.

The Bottom Line

Of course, you can't go wrong with the free Audacity software to record Spotify music, but if you're a rookie to professional audio editor and recorder, you could probably go wrong though. While the ViWizard Spotify Music Converter provides an ultra-fast method to help you complete downloading music from Spotify, just go and give it a try, you'll find the best way for yourself.

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