How to Download Music from Spotify to Computer

By Elle Johnson

Updated on September 22, 2020

Q: “How to download Spotify music to computer? I want to make remixes from some of my favorite Spotify songs. So, I subscribe to Spotify Premium to get Spotify downloads. But the fact is that I can’t find any Spotify downloads on my local computer, even though I have just downloaded them from the Spotify app on the desktop. Did I do something wrong?” – Anonymous User

You didn’t make anything wrong. This result is caused by the rules of streaming music. I will explain it in detail in the following first section. If you are familiar with that kind of rules, you can skip to section 2 directly. In part 2, you can access the practical method on how to download music from Spotify to computer.

how to download music from spotify to computer

Part 1. Why Can’t You Download Spotify Songs to Computer

Let’s come straight to the point. The reason why you can’t find Spotify downloads on the computer is simple: The Spotify songs are never truly downloaded. All Spotify Music songs are protected by digital protection, coding in special Ogg Vorbis formats. The special protection prevents users from truly downloading Spotify music to computer. Spotify Premium users are no exception. That is why the downloaded Spotify tracks are visible and playable in the Spotify app only.


Part 2. Download Music from Spotify to Computer: What You Need

It is also simple to disrupt the protective layer from Spotify songs. What you need is a powerful and careful Spotify music converter or downloader. The AudKit Spotify Music Converter and Downloader is just in that role.

Dedicated designed for the Spotify Music app, this intelligent program is fully experienced in converting Spotify to MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, M4B, FLAC, and various common audio formats. The converted Spotify tracks are saved as local audio files on the computer, which are available to play without using the Spotify app.

audkit spotify music converter

Main Features of AudKit Spotify Music Converter

  • Download Spotify songs to computer for offline listening
  • Batch convert Spotify songs to most-used formats
  • Save original quality and ID3 tags from Spotify songs
  • Support to play and transfer Spotify music to other apps

In the meanwhile, the local Spotify audios basically maintained the original sound quality and other metadata. You can find the unbroken ID3 tags such as artists, titles, albums, artwork, song numbers, years, etc. in the local Spotify files.


Part 3. How to Download Spotify Songs to Computer: Step by Step

Step 1 Ready to download Spotify songs to computer

ready to download spotify music to computer

Download and activate the AudKit software on the computer. The Spotify desktop app will pop out or relaunch automatically. Select the playlist you want to download. Then directly drag and drop it to AudKit’s interface. Or you can copy and paste the link of the playlists to the search column on AudKit’s interface. And hit the ‘plus’ icon.

Tip: Due to Spotify’s API limitation, please make sure each Spotify playlist contains no more than 100 tracks.

Step 2 Reset output settings before downloading Spotify music to computer

change output settings for spotify downloads

Click the top menu icon to unfold the ‘Preferences’ and ‘Convert’ tab. Change the output format to MP3 or whatever you like. And customize other parameters in similar ways.

Tip: To keep the original quality of Spotify songs, please choose MP3, 320 kbps, 48000 Hz, and channel 2 as the output settings.

Step 3 Start to download Spotify playlists to computer

start to download spotify songs to computer

Now tap the ‘Convert’ bar to start truly downloading and converting. Once the process finishes, you can follow the on-screen red tips to access the local Spotify music folder on the computer.

Note: The AudKit Spotify Music Converter and Downloader offers 2 versions for use. The unregistered free version provides a 1-min conversion for each Spotify song. The registered paid version allows users to batch convert Spotify songs without upper limits.

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