How to Download Songs from Spotify to Computer [Updated Recently]

Updated by Adam Gorden on Oct 26, 2022 10:10 AM.
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Q: "I've been using Spotify free for a long time. Recently, I joined a premium subscription, so I could download my liked songs for listening without internet connection. But I found that the downloaded songs can only be listenable through Spotify. I cannot save my songs on the local computer as regular files like MP3s. Is there a way to download Spotify songs locally on the computer? How can you save Spotify music to computer? Please help! Thanks!" – Wendy from Spotify Community.

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Spotify is a big player in the music streaming service industry, with millions of songs in various genres. It offers both Free and Premium subscriptions for all music lovers. For free users, you can easily get access to their songs after installing Spotify on the computer and signing up a Free account. If you upgrade to a Premium subscription, you'll be able to enjoy ad-free songs and even download any song for listening anywhere on your device, including the computer.

However, the thing is even paid users are not allowed to listen to those downloaded songs on any non-authorized device or player. All the downloaded Spotify tracks are saved as cache files and will be gone once you can the subscription to Spotify. So, how to download music from Spotify to computer locally? To solve the issue, here a powerful Spotify music downloader is introduces, along with some other tips. Let's check how to download songs from Spotify to computer now.

Part 1. How to Download Music to Computer from Spotify
Part 2. How to Record Songs from Spotify to Computer Online
Part 3. How to Download Spotify Songs to Computer with Premium
Part 4. FAQs about Downloading Spotify Songs to Computer

Part 1. How to Download Music to Computer from Spotify

There are various music downloading tools on the internet for you to use, but it is a bit difficult to find one for Spotify. Here we will list three free Spotify downloader tools for you to download music from Spotify to computer online.

1.1 ApowerSoft Free Online Audio Recorder

To save songs from Spotify to your computer, you can use an online audio recorder to record those songs you're playing from Spotify Web Player or Spotify desktop app. Here we will take ApowerSoft Free Online Audio Recorder as an example.

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Step 1. Go to the official website of ApowerSoft Free Online Audio Recorder and then install a launcher.

Step 2. After that, click the Start Recording button on the website and and select System Sound as the audio source.

Step 3. Now select any song, album, or playlist you want to save and play it from the Spotify desktop app or Spotify Web Player then click the Start button.

Step 4. Click the Pause or Stop button to end the recording of Spotify music.

1.2 Soundloaders Spotify Downloader

Soundloaders offers free services to users for downloading music from different streaming platforms like Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Here's how to download music from Spotify by using a music link.

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Step 1. Open Spotify Web Player in a browser or Spotify app on the computer.

Step 2. In your music library, find any music you want to download and copy the music link.

Step 3. Go to the website of Soundloaders and paste the link into the text input.

Step 4. Click the Search button to load the music and then click the Download song button.

1.3 Online Spotify Downloader

Spotify Downloader is a free online music downloader, aiming to help all Spotify users to download songs from Spotify. With the assistance of this tool, you can extract MP3 from Spotify and save them to your computer.

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Step 1. Find the track, album, or playlist you want to download in Spotify Web Player or Spotify app.

Step 2. Click the three-dot button to access the music link and then go to Spotify Downloader.

Step 3. Paste the link into the search bar and click the Submit button.

Step 4. Wait for a while, and click the Download button to save Spotify songs to your computer.

Part 2. How to Download Playlist from Spotify to Computer without Premium

To download Spotify playlist to computer, what you need is a third-party tool - ViWizard Spotify Music Converter. It is a professional music solution, specially designed to help all Spotify users, including Free and Premium users to listen to Spotify music without limits.

2.1 What You'll Need - ViWizard Spotify Music Converter

ViWizard Spotify Music Converter enables you to save Spotify songs, albums, playlists, podcasts, and audiobooks to several formats, such as MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, M4A, and M4B. After that, you can transfer these local files to any device for listening without internet. With the adoption of advanced technology, ViWizard Spotify Music Converter can work at 5× conversion speed. In addition, the ID3 tags of Spotify tracks, as well as, the original sound quality will be preserved.

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Key Features of ViWizard Spotify Playlist Converter

  • Export Spotify songs, albums, and playlists to local computer
  • Save Spotify music files in MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, AAC, M4A, M4B
  • Keep 100% lossless audio quality and ID3 tags of each Spotify track
  • Convert Spotify music at 5× faster speed and in batch
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2.2 How to Download Spotify Playlist to Computer Without Premium

Here we will show you how to download Spotify songs to your computer via ViWizard Spotify Music Converter and save them as MP3 files forever. No matter whether you are a Free or Premium user, ViWizard Spotify Music Converter could be a nice option.

Step 1Download and Install ViWizard Spotify Music Converter

Click the Download button above to download and install ViWizard Spotify Music Converter on your computer. ViWizard software is available for both Windows and Mac systems. Make sure that you have installed the correct one. Plus, install the Spotify desktop app on your computer and sign into your Spotify account in advance.

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Step 2Import Spotify Playlist to the Conversion List

After installing ViWizard software, open it, then the Spotify desktop app will be launched automatically. Sign in your Spotify account and browse to find the playlist you'd like to save to computer. Simply drag and drops songs in the playlist to the converter. Or copy and paste the link of the playlist into the search bar on the converter.

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Step 3Set MP3 as the Output Audio Format (Optional)

The output format is set as MP3 by default. If you want to change it, you can go to top menu menu icon bar and select the Preferences option. There are 6 output formats you can select, which include MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV, and FLAC. You are also free to customize the audio parameters like channel, sample rate, and bit rate.

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Step 4Download and Save Spotify Playlist to Computer

Now click the Convert button at the bottom right corner. ViWizard Spotify Music Converter will download Spotify music to MP3 and save them to your computer. Wait for the conversion to end, you'll be able to find the downloaded songs by clicking the Converted icon. Then you can keep them forever and enjoy them whenever you want.

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2.3 How to Download Spotify Songs from Computer to Phone

After downloading and converting Spotify songs to your computer, you can freely use these music files on your device. Then you can move them to your mobile phone or any other device for listening offline.

Transfer Spotify Songs to iPhone

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable.

Step 2. Open iTunes on the computer and click your device then click Music.

Step 3. Select Sync Music and tick the box next to Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres.

Step 4. Choose Spotify songs you've uploaded to iTunes and click Sync.

Transfer Spotify Songs to Android

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Step 1. Connect your Android phone to your computer via a USB cable.

Step 2. Create a new folder in your device and locate the folder where you save the converted Spotify music files.

Step 3. Copy and paste the converted Spotify music files to the folder in your device.

Part 3. How to Download Spotify Songs to Computer with Premium

If you have a Premium account, you can download your liked songs from Spotify for offline listening. By using a Premium account, you can play those Spotify downloads offline during the subscription to Premium. But you need to know that all those downloaded songs are only playable within the Spotify app. You cannot transfer those cache files to other devices for playing.

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Step 1. Launch Spotify on your computer and go to find songs you want to download.

Step 2. Click the Download button, and a green arrow means the download was successful.

Part 4. FAQs about Downloading Spotify Songs to Computer

In the following, we have listed some commonly asked questions raised by Spotify users. If you have some similar questions, you can get quick answers here.

Q1. Can I download music from Spotify to my computer?

A: The quick answer is yes, as long as you have a Spotify Premium account. But you can't download songs individually, and you have to download a playlist or an entire album. To download Spotify songs to computer, just click the Download button.

Q2. Where to find my downloaded Spotify songs?

A: If you download Spotify songs with a Premium account, all the downloaded songs will be saved as cache files and stored in your computer. To find your downloaded Spotify songs, open the Spotify app on your computer and head to Settings > Offline songs storage. The downloaded songs will be stored in this location: C:\Users\[Your Username]\AppData\Local\Spotify\Storage.

Q3. Does Spotify use a lot of data?

A: It depends on the audio quality. If the sound quality you choose is higher, the more data the streaming service will burn through. Generally, Spotify offers three sound quality settings: Normal (96kbps), High (160kbps), Very high (320kbps). The following table clearly shows you how much data does Spotify use.

Per minute Per hour How long until you reach 1GB
Normal (96kbps) 0.72MB 43.2MB 23.1 hours
High (160kbps) 1.2MB 72MB 13.8 hours
Very high (320kbps) 2.4MB 144MB 6.9 hours

Q4. Can you transfer music from Spotify to USB?

A: Sure! But you can't save Spotify songs to USB directly even if you're willing to pay for Spotify Premium. This is because the downloaded songs are stored in a special OGG Vorbis format, and can only be listened within the Spotify app. If you want to put Spotify songs on your USB drive, you can use ViWizard Spotify Music Converter to convert Spotify music to MP3 with lossless audio quality.

Conclusion

By using ViWizard Spotify Music Converter, you can download songs, albums, playlists, audiobook, and podcasts from Spotify to MP3 and other format files to your computer. Then you are able to play them on any device, such as smartwatches, MP3 player, or add them into video as the background music. The trial version can be downloaded for free, and thus you can save Spotify songs to computer free for one minute. If you want to unlock all the features, you can buy the full version. Just download it, and have a try first.

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