Q: Can I listen to Spotify music without using data when outside? I'm planning to go for a long-time car trip and would like to listen to some exciting playlists on Spotify to let my eyes and emotion on the road. Using data seems an impractical method as the cost of data usage is not cheap.
Spotify offers two tiers, Spotify Free (with ads) and Spotify Premium (no ads) for music addicts to explore its music world with over 40 million songs. However, Spotify music is protected by DRM technology, which limits Spotify subscribers to enjoy Spotify music as they want, such as listening to Spotify music online only for free users, accessing to music library with Spotify app required, etc.
Fortunately, every problem always comes with a solution. Moreover, here are 3 methods enables you to play Spotify music and playlists without data usage and no need to worry about wasting a lot of money.
Method 1. How to Enjoy Spotify Music Online on Wi-Fi Environment
When it comes to enjoying Spotify songs to avoid mobile data charges, the simplest and the easiest way could be listening to Spotify music over Wi-Fi network. It's easy to connect to Wi-Fi networks on your Android or iOS devices. Under a Wi-Fi environment, you can explore all Spotify music and playlists online.
But not all places have Wi-Fi networks. When you are driving on a country road, obviously, this way doesn't work anymore. under these circumstances, you can skip to method 2 and method 3.
Method 2. Listen to Spotify via Offline Mode without Using Data
As what we mentioned above, Spotify also has the Premium plan with the charge of $ 9.9 per month. The reason why we mentioned the paid plan on Spotify here is it comes with a wonderful feature, 'Offline Mode'. It endows you the ability of downloading Spotify playlists for offline listening. That's to say, you can download favorite Spotify songs on your mobile devices when you are under an internet connection in advance. After that, downloaded songs are offline on Spotify and you can play them without using mobile data.
By using this way, you just need to upgrade your account to Spotify Premium subscription. Just start it with the 30-day free trial. If you just need the offline Spotify songs for short days, you can cancel the free trial after you don't need it anymore. With no cost, you can listen to offline Spotify songs. To use the 'Offline Mode' on mobile devices, you can refer to the following tutorial:
Step 1. Open Spotify app on your smart phone and discover favorite songs that you'd like to download.
Step 2. Once you have found out the playlist, please switch the 'Download' on.
Tips: You don't allow to download individual songs. Please create a new playlist to save certain tracks for downloading.
Step 3. When a green download arrow shows up, it indicates the download was successful.
Step 4. Now, you can tap the 'Home' > 'Settings' > 'Playback' option to turn 'Offline' on.
Under the Offline Mode, you can start to play downloaded Spotify playlists offline to avoid using cellular.
Method 3. Download Spotify Music Offline for Playback without Data Usage
The third method is total different from the above two ways. Here, we will introduce the effective way to download Spotify music as local files and save them on the computer to keep all Spotify music forever. Besides, if necessary, you can also refer to this way to convert Spotify music to MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, or other common audio formats and then transfer downloaded offline Spotify to portable devices, like MP3 player, USB flash drive for playing with no need mobile data.
How can we achieve this goal? Apparently, there is no official way to do this. Here, we will meet a professional Spotify music downloading solution, called AudFree Spotify Playlist Converter, which is specialized in downloading Spotify music to MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, M4A and M4B and saving them on your local computer. Put it another way, you can own Spotify files truly and listen to them anywhere even without an internet connection.
AudFree Spotify Playlist Converter works well for both Spotify free and premium subscribers. You don't need to upgrade your account. But it's also worth noting that the free trial version of AudFree Software has the 1-minute conversion limitation of each track. You have to purchase the full version to unlock it. Now, let's start to download Spotify music for offline listening.
- Step 1Add Spotify music/playlist to AudFree
- There are two ways to load Spotify songs to AudFree Spotify converter after you have launched it from your computer desktop. One is to copy and paste the URL of Spotify playlist or song to the search box of AudFree and click the '+' button to add them. The other is to drag and drop Spotify tracks to the conversion window directly.
- Step 2Adjust Output parameters for offline listening
- If you are using Spotify free account, you'd better refer to this step to customize output parameters to enhance the Spotify music quality. Just click the top menu bar to click the 'Preferences' > 'Convert' to open setting window and then define output format, change bit rate, sample rate, audio channel, etc.
- Step 3Download Spotify playlists for playing without data usage
- When all setting are ready, please hit on the big 'Convert' button at the bottom-right corner. It can start to download and save added Spotify tracks on your computer. After conversion, you can click 'history' icon to locate all Spotify downloads.
Now, all Spotify files are downloaded on your computer. If you'd like to listen to Spotify music and playlists without using data, you can transfer them to your portable devices, like phones, MP3 players, etc. for playback outside. If you'd like to play Spotify music offline in the car, you can transfer them to USB flash drive and use car sound system to enjoy them offline.