Q: It's not a difficult task to download Spotify songs to computer only if you are subscribing Spotify Premium, since there is a direct option or way provided by Spotify to download music from Spotify Premium to computer. But when you locate the Spotify downloads on your computer, you will discover that you just got the Spotify cache files but not local files.
What if you would like to transfer Spotify music to USB flash drive for playing in the car or burn them to CD for listening on CD player? Most of Spotify users might wonder to know whether there is a possible way to download Spotify songs to the local folders on your computer? As result, in this article, I will not only introduce the traditional way to download Spotify cache files to computer for offline listening, but also share the excellent solution to download songs from Spotify to the computer even without Premium subscription.
Part 1. Download Music from Spotify to Computer via Spotify App
Spotify users with a free account are permitted to access to over 35 million songs on devices that connect to network. In other word, Spotify free users can listen to Spotify music online and have no rights to download Spotify playlists to computer. Before you refer to the following one-by-one steps to make Spotify files available for offline playback, please update to the Premium subscription on Spotify by playing the $9.99 charge per month.
With Spotify Premium, Spotify songs can be downloaded onto your Windows or Mac computer with ease. There's just one catch: Spotify doesn't allow users to download songs individually. Please create a playlist and add favorite songs you'd like to download to the playlist by right-clicking them directly. Besides, it's not possible to download albums or podcasts in the desktop app.
Step 1. Open Spotify app on your computer. Double-click the short cut of Spotify app to launch Spotify from your computer desktop, and then you're required to log in your paid account details, including email address and password.
Step 2. Select the target Spotify playlist. Navigate to the 'PLAYLISTS' option at the left side of the main interface and search the name of the playlist you'd like to download. Once you open the playlist, you can see there is a 'Download' button, which is near the middle of the window.
Step 3. Download Spotify Songs. Switch the 'Download' toggle button to on and your playlists will be downloaded automatically. You can start to listen to Spotify music offline whenever you're not connected to the Internet. Note: The downloaded Spotify music are cache files, which can be used to enjoy offline only.
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Part 2. Download Songs from Spotify to Computer Using Spotify Downloader
It can't be denied that it's the easiest way to download Spotify playlist for offline listening via Spotify desktop app, which offers uninterrupted listening experience and ad-free support. However, it also comes with some disadvantages, especially for better playback. Even if you legally purchased music files from Spotify, you can't take a full control of those audio tracks. You can only download Spotify tracks to 3 devices and you can't transfer and play them on wanted devices and music players, such as MP3 players, smart TV, smart speakers, etc.
What's worse, the above way doesn't work for Spotify free users. So here, I will introduce the alternative method to get Spotify local files on desktop. With the purpose to download songs to computer from Spotify, you need to get help from a professional third-party software, called AudFree Spotify Playlist Downloader. It is specialized in downloading songs, playlists or albums from Spotify to Mac or Windows computer for both free and premium users. Besides, it also can convert and save Spotify songs as MP3, FLAC, WAV and other plain audio formats on your computer's local folder directly.
With the help of this smart Spotify music converter, you can truly possess Spotify music files and listen to them on any device for offline playback. Now, let's see how to save Spotify songs to computer with 3 steps.
- Step 1Import Spotify Music to AudFree software
- To start with, you can directly drag and drop Spotify songs or playlists to AudFree's main screen to import music from Spotify to AudFree. Or you can copy and paste the URL of Spotify tracks to the search box of AudFree and press the '+' button to upload Spotify files.
- Step 2Choose output format and other settings
- Enter to the top menu-> Preference->Convert option, you can define output format as MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, M4A or M4B according to your needs. Besides, in this window, you can customize the output quality. If you are free Spotify users, you're suggested to set bit rate as 320kbps to enhance the output quality.
- Step 3Download Spotify music to computer
- You can click the 'file' icon to set the output folder to store downloaded Spotify files or skip this step to keep it by default. Now, you can touch the 'Convert' button at the bottom-right corner of the main interface to download and save Spotify songs to the destination folder on your computer.
Conclusion and Suggestion
If you have a Spotify Premium subscription, using Spotify app to download Spotify songs as cache files is a great way to listen to Spotify music offline on Spotify compatible devices. But you need to pay for months, since once you have canceled the Premium subscription, the downloaded Spotify cache files will disappear from your Spotify app automatically.
If you are using a free Spotify account, using AudFree Spotify playlist downloader is the only way for you to download Spotify music for offline listening. But it can download and save songs from Spotify to your local folder on your computer and allow you to transfer and play converted files to all devices without limitation. You just need to pay once to get the full version of Spotify downloader. As for premium users, you can use this software to keep Spotify Premium for free forever.
In short, no matter you a premium or free user, you can download Spotify songs, playlists, or albums to computer for offline listening.