Spotify may not be the first streaming service to surface on the internet, but it certainly changed the way we enjoy music. Just think about it: when was the last time you opened a local music player on your phone? So, Spotify has become almost the norm, thanks to millions of users worldwide. But, is it the perfect way to get music yet? Well, in a world that isn’t completely internet-friendly, not so much. There are still times when you cannot find an internet connection good enough to listen to music, right?
And that is also when you’ve to think about downloading songs from Spotify.
Downloading a song from Spotify basically means offline access. That is, you will be able to enjoy the music even if you don’t have an internet connection. But, how do you do this? Well, as it is the case with YouTube and other platforms, there are official and non-official ways to download Spotify songs. In this article, we’ve covered both of these options. Depending on how you would like to spend your money and other resources, you can make a pick from the options given below.
Method #1 Using Spotify Premium
This is the official method to download songs from Spotify. Technically speaking, however, you wouldn’t be downloading a playable music file. Instead, depending on the song and the copyright conditions, you will be able to make the song available offline. That is, you can keep listening to the song even if there is no internet connection. Spotify introduced this method a while back and it has been popular since. Using this option is pretty easy as well.
Given that you have a Spotify Premium subscription, you can go straight ahead to the song you like. There, you will have two options. One, you can press the Download button from the context menu and Spotify will do the job for you. Two, you can add the particular song to a playlist and download the entire playlist. The best part is that you can download playlists based on Spotify recommendations as well. So, as you can see, the process is pretty straightforward to say the least.
However, as you may have guessed already, there are some limitations.
- You should have a Spotify Premium subscription, which would cost you a considerable amount per month. Not everyone would be able to afford that.
- Since you are not downloading an MP3 or AAC file, sharing options are limited. That is, you will not be able to share the downloaded music files with other devices or people.
- Spotify does not allow you to download all files, due to copyright complications. So, even if you were able to listen to a song, you may not be able to download it.
- And, of course, you can’t even think of playing the downloaded songs using a third-party app.
So, if you don’t want these restrictions — or don’t want to pay —, you need a second option.
Method #2 Using Audials Music
Audials Music is one of the most popular tools you can use to download songs from Spotify. This time, you’re actually getting files that you can easily share and access. The best part? You don’t need to pay the whopping fee Spotify is asking you every month. That having said, in order to download the songs in the first place, you must have a free Spotify account.
Now, within Audials, you have two options to get the Spotify music files you want.
Option 1: Record Spotify Music
Interested in listening to the favorite song before downloading it? In that case, you can try this option. It’s actually pretty easy to record music from Spotify using Audials. The dedicated interface makes it very easy. You can navigate within the interface just like you are exploring collections in Spotify.
To make things even more impressive, Audials Music does a great job of recording the songs at 10x speeds. This can come in handy when you want to download an entire playlist from Spotify. In addition, you can pick the desired speed and recording quality before making the final move as well.
Thanks to these controls, you can record as many songs as you want. In case you didn’t guess, the program will work on the background as well.
Option 2: Drag-and-Drop Download
If you are not interested in recording the content, you can use the drag-and-drop download option in Audials Music. To make this work, the process is also simple. You just have to drag the Spotify song/playlist file that you would like to download. Audials will recognize the content and start the downloading process.
Just like we did earlier, you can bring playlist links as well. Audials would be quick to download the files into your computer and help you process them into a convenient format. Of course, the playback quality might not be as great as the recorded one.
This option is the easiest one and most people go for it. In both cases though, you can have an easy-to-access file that gets the job done. At the end of the day, the amount you pay for a stunning tool like Audials Music is way better than what you would have to pay for a continuous Spotify subscription.
The Bottom Line
So, here are the top two options you have when it comes to downloading songs from Spotify. On any day, we’d recommend the second method — because of the control and freedom it offers. Also, it’s great that you don’t have to keep paying a monthly fee.