How to Download Music from Spotify to Windows Media Player

By Charles Davis Updated on 2022-11-29 / Update for Spotify Tips

Q: How to transfer music from Spotify to Windows Media Player? I have subscribed to Spotify Premium to make the 'Download' option available. But I can't find a way to add Spotify songs to Windows Media Player. I'd like to burn a CD from Spotify using the Windows Media Player for playing them on the CD player? - From Spotify Community.

With the release of Windows 11, Windows Media Player returns as the default video and audio player for Windows computers. Now it's called Media Player as the successor to Groove Music for Windows 10, Microsoft Movies & TV, and Windows Media Player. Currently, users can still choose to install an older Windows Media Player on Windows 11. This media player can also rip audio, burn audio into CDs, sync digital media content, and purchase or rent new-released songs from a wide variety of online music stores.

However, Spotify enables users to listen to songs and playlists within Spotify itself only. You can download cache songs to your Spotify app rather than get them stored on your computer. As a result, it's impossible to locate and use Spotify playlists in the way that you are thinking. Fortunately, there is an alternative method to download music from Spotify to Windows Media Player. If you are interested in this topic, you can read this article to get the solution.

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Part 1. Why You Can't Put Spotify Music on Windows Media Player

In fact, with Spotify Premium, there is a direct 'Download' service in the Spotify app itself, allowing users to download music to Windows Media Player from Spotify with ease. But this powerful feature of Spotify is only available in Europe currently. Put it another way, you are unable to get Spotify songs to Windows Media Player directly in other countries.

Windows Media Player is one of the powerful media players. You can use it to stream and play audios and videos along with fast forward. And you can also reverse and variable playback speed as well as burn music files to CD. But Spotify songs you downloaded are only cached Spotify files yet not get local files. So Windows Media Player can't recognize them, let alone play them, or perform other operations.

Besides, Windows Media Player supports FLAC, WAV, AAC, M4A, and MP3 audio formats. But Spotify tracks are encoded in special Ogg Vorbis format. It's obvious that this unique Spotify format is not included in the list of WMP compatible formats. Even if you can get local downloaded Spotify files, you still couldn't add music to Windows Media Player from Spotify.

Audio Formats Supported by WMP MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, and M4A
Spotify Format Protected Ogg Vorbis

Part 2. How to Download Music from Spotify to Windows Media Player via SpoDable

To put music to Windows Media Player for free from Spotify, we need to get two professional Spotify tools. One is to download Spotify songs to the computer's local folder. The other is to convert Spotify music to Windows Media Player-supported audio formats. Fortunately, there are some all-in-one Spotify music downloader and converter in the market. They can directly download Spotify songs to Windows Media Player compatible files.

AudFree Spotify Music Converter for Windows also called AudFree SpoDable is such a commercial Spotify music solution. It is specialized in downloading Spotify tracks, playlists, audiobooks, podcasts, radios, etc. at 5X faster speed for both free and premium users. Also, it can convert Spotify to MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, M4A, and M4B with 100% original quality and ID3 tags preserved. With it, you can import Spotify songs to Windows Media Player without any problem now. Plus, it offers the option of classifying output Spotify tracks by artist or album. It makes managing Spotify music library in Windows Media Player easier.

AudFree Spotify Music Converter

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  • Download music to Windows Media Player from Spotify for free
  • Convert Spotify OGG Vorbis to MP3, WAV, etc. that WMP supports
  • Work at 5X faster speed with 100% quality and ID3 tags kept
  • Transfer Spotify playlist to Windows Media Player, iTunes, VLC, etc.

How to Download Spotify Playlist to Windows Media Player

AudFree Spotify Music Converter offers a free trial version to test its performance. Before purchasing this great software, you can try it in advance. The only difference between the free and paid version is the one-minute limitation of output file length for each song. Besides, you don't need to subscribe to Spotify Premium. This tool works well to download Spotify music for Windows Media Player with a free account.

Step 1Add Spotify songs to AudFree SpoDable
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Please launch this smart Spotify Music Converter from your Windows computer desktop. If you have already gotten the URL of Spotify music tracks, you can directly copy it into the AudFree SpoDable’s search box. And then, press the '+' button to add music files to AudFree SpoDable. Or you can drag and drop favorite songs or playlists from Spotify to the conversion windows.
Step 2Define Spotify output format for Windows Media Player
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If you would like to get the lossless output audio files, you'd better set WAV or FLAC as the output format by clicking the 'Menu' > 'Preferences' > 'Convert' button. Of course, you can also depend on your special demands to set the output format as MP3, M4A, or AAC compatible with Windows Media Player as well. Please don't forget that you can also customize the output music quality easily, like bit rate, sample rate, etc. and archive Spotify files by artist or album.
Step 3Download music from Spotify for Windows Media Player
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Now, you can hit on the 'Convert' button to start downloading and converting Spotify playlist to Windows Media Player-supported audio format you choose before. It works at 5X faster speed to download music from Spotify to computer without ads. To make the conversion process stable, please disable the Firewall or Anti-versus software during the converting time.

How to Get Songs from Spotify to Windows Media Player

Spotify music downloads are saved in the local folder on your computer well. You can find them in the destination folder or history folder by clicking the 'history' > 'search' icon. Now, you can get down to put Spotify music on Windows Media Player. The latest version of WMP is Windows Media Player 12. Now, let’s see how to import music from Spotify to Windows Media Player 12 as below.

Step 1. Fire up Windows Media Player 12 on your computer and you will get the main interface of it.

Step 2. Please navigate to the main menu at the top-left corner. Click on the 'Organize'/'Files' and then select 'Manage Libraries' -> 'Music' option.

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Step 3. Now, please touch the 'Add' button, it will pop up a new window. You can browse and find the target local folder including the Spotify playlist.

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Step 4. Once found out, please choose this Spotify music folder. Spotify songs will be uploaded into Windows Media Player for playback. You can start to play Spotify songs and albums through Windows Media Player offline.

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Part 3. How to Transfer Music from Spotify to Windows Media Player via MusConv

If you are just looking for a solution to sync Spotify song list to Windows Media Player, MusConv can meet your needs. As a playlist converter, it's able to migrate audio tracks between 50+ streaming music services, including Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Tidal, WMP, Deezer, etc. on Mac, PC, and Android devices. Also, you can view the most-played Spotify songs, artists via this software. But you need to upgrade to the pro version to unlock the limit on the number of transferred songs.

One thing to clarify is that MusConv can only automatically sync music that is available on both streaming music services. That's to say, if Windows Media Player doesn't have the same song in Spotify, it will fail to transfer them. Therefore, many songs might be not able to sync successfully via this method. And it only transfers the title list instead of local music files to Windows Media Player. If that's all you want, you can refer to the following steps to transfer songs from Spotify to Windows Media Player.

How to Transfer Spotify Playlist to Windows Media Player

Step 1. Go to the official home page. And then click the 'Start now!' button to choose the version of MusConv to install on your computer.

musconv spotify to windows media player

Step 2. After installation, please fire up it from your computer desktop. It will show its main interface. Now, choose 'Spotify' as the source service from the left toolbar. It will bring you into Spotify Web Player and require you to log into your Spotify account in order to authorize to access your Spotify music library.

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Step 3. Click the mark before each Spotify playlist to select wanted songs to transfer to Windows Media Player. Once done, you can simply press the 'Transfer' button to enter next step.

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Step 4. You can type Windows Media Player in the Search button to find it and define it as the destination service. After that, MusConv will start to transfer playlists to Windows Media Player.

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Part 4. How to Add and Burn Spotify Songs into CD via Windows Media Player

Spotify songs and playlists are now available on Windows Media Player. You can start using them without any hassle. You can sync Spotify content to other media players or burn them to CD. Below we present a full tutorial on the latter.

How to Burn CD from Spotify via Windows Media Player

Step 1. There are three operation options on the right side of the user interface of Windows Media Player, including 'Play', 'Burn', and 'Sync'. Please tap the 'Burn' option to start your burning process.

click burn in windows media player

Step 2. Now, you can create a burn list by dragging Spotify items directly or clicking the 'Import Unsaved list' button to select favorite songs. All songs will show in Burn list.

select spotify playlist to burn

Step 3. Click on the triangle arrow to scroll down and find the 'Audio CD' option and select it. Now, please insert a readable CD into your computer. Now, hit on the 'Burn' icon again to burn Spotify songs via Windows Media Player.

burn spotify to cd via windows media player

You can now insert the CD storing your Spotify playlists into your CD player to listen to them offline in high quality.

Part 5. Final Words

This article covers two fully different methods to transfer Spotify playlists to Windows Media Player. One is to download and add local Spotify files, the other is to sync the playlist names only. The better solution must be using AudFree Spotify Music Converter, which can help you download all music from Spotify to Windows Media Player and you can keep these local tracks in WMP forever and use them in the desired way.

Charles Davis

Charles Davis

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Charles Davis is the chief-editor of AudFree Company, who writes a variety of tech articles and music reviews, such as hot software releases and Spotify music tips.

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