Spotify, the world's largest streaming music service provider, offers free and paid users access to over 35 million songs. But the songs are encoded in Ogg Vorbis format so it prevents members from enjoying music offline on most common devices.
For those who want to keep Spotify songs for playback on all portable devices, AudFree Spotify Music Converter and NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter, the two good Spotify music downloaders, can transfer and save Spotify music with zero quality loss.
With AudFree and NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter to choose, users need to make a review on every aspect. As a reference, I make a comparison between them as follows. Several factors are tested in the review: input and output formats, availability and price, selected languages, output customization, and extra functions.
1. Input and Output formats
With AudFree Spotify Music Converter, users can easily transfer Spotify songs, playlists, albums, artists, audiobooks and podcasts to plain MP3, FLAC, M4A, AAC, WAV, M4B format. On the other hand, NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter only helps to convert Spotify music and playlists to MP3, AAC, WAV and FLAC format.
Conclusion: Both AudFree and NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter can download Spotify music and playlists to plain MP3, AAC, WAV and FLAC format. But AudFree Spotify Music Converter supports more input and output formats, which is convenient and functional.
2. Availability and Price
AudFree Spotify Music Converter is available for both Windows (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 (32-bit & 64-bit)) and Mac operating system (Mac OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, 10.15), while NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter is compatible with most of the above systems except Mac OS X 10.8. The same system and hardware requirements of the two Spotify music downloaders lie in that they are both equipped with a processor of 1G Hz or above, RAM of 512MB or higher and monitor with 1024x768 pixels or higher resolution.
Most of all, the price of AudFree Spotify playlist converter varies greatly from NoteBurner Spotify playlist converter. It only costs 29.95 dollars, while NoteBurner playlist converter costs 39.95 dollars, which is much higher than AudFree software.
Conclusion: As a Spotify playlist converter both for Windows and Mac, AudFree software is compatible with more Mac versions at a lower price. In addition, a free AudFree Spotify music downloader is provided for users to try with its trial version.
3. Selected Languages
Having downloaded and installed the converters, users can select the languages that meet their needs. Users of AudFree Spotify playlist converter can select four languages: English, German, French and Japanese, but that of NoteBurner Spotify playlist converter has a larger variety of languages to choose, such as English, German, French, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Nederlands, Romanian, Galego, Svenska, etc. In addition, if users select the language different from the original version, NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter would be required to restart but AudFree needn’t.
Conclusion: NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter supports more languages than AudFree Spotify Music Converter but the AudFree program satisfies most of the needs of users and it is more convenient to change the languages.
4. Output Customization
Users of AudFree Spotify music downloader can customize other output parameters, like bit rate, sample rate, audio channel, etc. and set the place for output files. While NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter allows users to personalize output file name, output folder, conversion mode (including Intelligent Mode, Spotify Record or YouTube Download) as well as output quality from 128 kbps to 320 kbps.
In the process of conversion, AudFree Spotify Music Converter will automatically preserve 100% original ID3 tags and metadata info of Spotify songs. After the conversion, users can freely play Spotify music on any device for offline listening. Converted files can be found in the history folder. Users just need to click the "search" button to get them.
On the other hand, NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter allows users to read, add or edit ID3 tag information including title, artist, album, year, genre and track number of both local audio files and transferred Spotify music.
Conclusion: Both of the converters can customize the parameters and output folder and automatically preserve 100% original ID3 tags as well. But NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter does better in editing ID3 tag information.
5. Extra Functions
AudFree Spotify music downloader is set to automatically update to the newest version but NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter needs to update manually.
Both AudFree and NoteBurner Music Converter enable users to set the conversion speed as 1X to make the conversion process more stable and save the output audio into Artist/Album or Artist.
Users of NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter can also burn the Spotify output files into CD by inserting a blank CD disc and clicking the "Burn CD" button. What’s more, NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter also enables users to upload the converted Spotify music or local music to OneDrive and Google Drive for backup and transfer Spotify to iTunes Library.
Compared with NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter, AudFree Spotify Music Converter is not available to burn CD, upload the transferred Spotify music to OneDrive and Google Drive and iTunes Library.
Conclusion: AudFree Spotify Music Converter does better in an automatic update of the latest version. And NoteBurner Music Converter is more functional because it can burn CD, upload the converted Spotify music to OneDrive, Google Drive and iTunes Library.
All in all, AudFree and NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter do have their own highlights respectively. From my point of view, the AudFree program is the best Spotify music converter as it can transfer Spotify songs, playlists, albums, artists, audiobooks and podcasts to more formats with lossless quality and more Mac versions adaptation. Moreover, AudFree Spotify Music Converter is much cheaper to satisfy the needs of conversion.