Though Spotify provides users with millions of free songs to stream online, to download Spotify playlist is restricted and not so convenient. As you may know, to download playlists from Spotify, you need a Premium account, which only enables you to download the playlists in the Spotify app and play them in the app. In this guide, however, we are going to teach you how to download playlists from Spotify in the way that the downloaded music is free of any restriction.
- Part 1. Major Restrictions of Official Download Method
- Part 2. How to Download Spotify without Premium Account
Part 1. Major Drawbacks of Downloading Playlist from Spotify Officially
1: Only users with paid-for Premium accounts are allowed to download playlists from Spotify.
2: Even for Premium users, the playlist can only be downloaded on the Spotify mobile app. You cannot download Spotify playlist to your computer.
3: The songs in the playlist downloaded to your mobile devices are encoded that they can only be played in the Spotify app. You cannot customize these songs by converting their formats or adjusting how they sound.
2. The Best Way to Download Spotify Playlist
Want to download Spotify playlist to any format without a Premium account or any other restriction? That is obtainable. Joyoshare Audio Recorder, a professional recording program, can help you with it. Basically, this program will download the Spotify playlist to your computer and convert it to 16 formats, including FLAC, MP3, WAV, AAC, AC3, AIFF, ALAC, APE, AU, CAF, M4A, M4B, M4R, MKA, OGG, WMA. No matter which format you choose, the downloaded music is free from any encryption.
Joyoshare Audio Recorder is perfect for playlist downloading or batch downloading in that it will split the track automatically when it detects the silence between songs. Besides, the built-editor allows you to customize the songs by trimming or rendering. The program is so smart that it would match the ID3 tags for each song so that you can see its info and album cover when playing it on different platforms and devices.
Key Features of Joyoshare Audio Recorder:
Download Spotify music without Premium account
Download music with high quality and in 16 audio formats
Built-in audio editor for you to customize the recordings
Automatically split tracks when switching the playing song
Step 1 Launch the Joyoshare Audio Recorder and set the input source
Download Joyoshare Audio Recorder (Win & Mac) from the links above and launch it. In the main interface shown below, press the "Input" icon next to the "Recording" button and select the "System Audio" or any other audio devices that play the music for you as the input source, so that the software will record and download the music played in Spotify.
Step 2 Configure the pre-download settings
Tap the "Format" icon to open the Format window, where you can configure the output format, codec, channel, bit rate, and sample rate. Alternatively, you can simply select "High Quality" or "Small Size" from the "Preset" drop-down menu. As you change the "Preset", the rest of the options will be automatically adjusted. Click the "OK" button to confirm the changes.
Next, press the "Preferences" menu in the upper right, then reset the download folder to where you want to save the Spotify playlist. It is recommended to turn on the auto-split feature here. What you need to do is to tick the "Split the Recordings Individually" box and the "Recording Is Silent" box. Now when you finish downloading one song and start another, the software will split the tracks automatically instead of merging two songs into one.
Step 3 Begin to download Spotify playlist
Go to Spotify and find the playlist or album you want to download, but don't play yet. Press the "Start Recording" button in Joyoshare Audio Recorder and then play the playlist or the album. Now the software will capture the streaming Spotify playlist. After the playlist is downloaded entirely, press the "Stop Recording" button. The recordings can be found in the folder you previously set.
Step 4 Edit the downloaded Spotify playlist
Optionally, you might want to edit the downloaded tracks in the playlist. After all, Spotify will insert ads between songs or in the middle of them, and it's better to cut them out. If so, tap the "Edit" button at the rear of each song to open the editor. Here you can trim the tracks, adjust the sound effects. Besides, the ID3 tags can be edited.