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How to Download Music from Spotify to PC/Mac

Find an easy way to download music from the Spotify app to your local PC/Mac.

"I’m brand new to Spotify Premium. I think that I can download music from Spotify to my computer with a Premium account, but I cannot figure out how to do it and I’m also not computer savvy. Can anyone help me?"

By subscribing to Spotify Premium, you can definitely download music from Spotify, yet the Spotify downloads are not saved as local files on your computer. Why is that and how can you download Spotify songs to your PC/Mac for normal playback? Everything would be explained clearly in this article in four parts.

In Part 1, you’ll learn some basic info about the Spotify downloads on your computer. In Part 2, you’ll understand why you are limited to enjoying the Spotify downloads on Spotify and you cannot play them on other platforms. In Part 3 and Part 4, you’ll get to know a simple yet powerful tool used to download music from Spotify to your computer and learn how to use it step by step.

* The method introduced below is 100% easy to follow. Therefore, you don’t have to worry that you are not computer savvy.

Part 1. How to Download Spotify Songs to Computer with a Premium Account?

With a Spotify Premium account, you can download playlists from Spotify for offline use within the Spotify app, up to 10, 000 songs on each of up to 5 different devices. In this way, you’ll be able to listen to Spotify tracks when you don’t have an internet connection.

It’s easy to download music from Spotify for offline listening. Just go to a Spotify playlist and click the toggle next to Download:

  • Step 1: Open a playlist in the Spotify desktop app.
  • Step 2: Find the Download button.
  • Step 3: Switch Download on.

You might lose your downloads if:

  • You don’t go online at least once in 30 days.
  • You reinstall the app.
  • You download to more than 5 devices. Downloads are removed from the device you’ve used least recently.

Part 2. Why Can’t You Locate the Spotify Downloads for Normal Playback?

Once you download the music from Spotify, you can listen to them offline within the Spotify app, but you can't take any of them outside the Spotify app for normal playback.

Spotify is a music streaming service. When you download a song from the Spotify client, it’s stored as an encrypted file in Ogg Vorbis format.

If you locate the Spotify download, you’ll find that it's saved in the form of cached files instead of a regular one. In other words, you don’t own the download.

Part 3. The Essential Tool to Download Music from Spotify to Computer – AudiFab.

AudiFab Spotti Music Converter is a 100% clean & safe tool that can download music from Spotify to computer and convert Spotify songs, albums and playlists to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC, fully compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 & macOS 10.11 – 12 Monterey. It keeps original audio quality and ID3 tags after conversion.

audifab spotii music converter

AudiFab Spotii Music Converter

  • Convert Spotify music to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC.
  • Download music from the Spotify app to the computer.
  • Keep original audio quality.
  • Retain ID3 tags after conversion.
  • Free updates and technical support.

Note: AudiFab can also be used to convert your local audio files to MP3/M4A/AAC/WAV/OGG, burn music to CD and edit ID3 tags. You can find all the functions in the Tools section within the app.

Part 4. How to Download Songs from Spotify to PC/Mac by AudiFab?

AudiFab Spotii Music Converter is easy to use. You can use it to download songs from Spotify to your PC/Mac in 5 simple steps. Just make sure you’ve got the Spotify app and AudiFab well installed on your computer before we get started.

Open AudiFab Spotii Music Converter.

Open AudiFab Spotii Music Converter and the Spotify app would be launched automatically.

main interface

Note: AudiFab needs to work with the Spotify app at the same time. Please do not operate the Spotify app when you are using AudiFab.

Import music from the Spotify app to AudiFab.

Drag and drop a song or a playlist from the Spotify app to AudiFab. AudiFab Spotii Music Converter would read them automatically. Check the Spotify songs that you’d like to convert to MP3 and then click OK.

add spotify music to audifab

Choose the output format and customize the output path.

Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner, select the output format from MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC and specify the output folder, then just close the Settings window to apply the changed settings.

choose mp3 as the output format

Export music from the Spotify app to your computer.

Click the Convert button and AudiFab would immediately start downloading and saving the Spotify songs to your local computer.

convert spotify music to mp3

Find the Spotify downloads on the local drive.

Once the conversion is done, go to the output folder set in Step 3 and you can find all the Spotify downloads on your local drive.

Tips: You can also click the Converted tab to locate the downloads.

Conclusion

If you are a Spotify Premium user, you can easily download music from Spotify for offline listening. The Spotify downloads would be saved in the form of cached files restricted to be played with the Spotify client. If you need to download music from Spotify to your PC/Mac, the most effective method is to use AudiFab Spotii Music Converter, a 100% clean & safe tool that can download and export Spotify songs as MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, ALAC or AIFF files.

AudiFab Spotii Music Converter is free to try. It can be downloaded for free and converts the first three minutes of each audio file for sample testing. If the program meets your need, you can buy a license to unlock the time limit.

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