Tutorial: Learn how to record Spotify for free

Last update: August 19th 2021

Spotify to MP3

Many Spotify users like to record Spotify to MP3 in order to listen to the songs offline. Like this, you won't have to rely on a stable internet connection to enjoy music. It is possible to download Spotify playlists with a premium subscription for offline listening, but like this you will not get your favorite songs as MP3 files. And you will lose your music if you cancel your Spotify subscription. The solution is to record Spotify music as MP3 with a Spotify recorder software and to listen to it offline as often as you like. You will also be able to transfer your music to other devices. 

 

Good to know: No copyright protection is circumvented
 

Music Streaming Services that can be recorded with Audials do not use any effective protection against recording and output unencrypted audio e.g. on the PC's sound card. Audials always only records such unencrypted audio data.
 
According to US Copyright Law “No action may be brought … alleging infringement of copyright based on … distribution … or based on the noncommercial use by a consumer of such a … digital audio recording device”.

Attention: Spotify may suspend accounts!
 

Spotify suspends accounts of some users of certain "Spotify Downloader tools", especially when such tools download at "high speed", Spotify "recognizes" this use. So you'd better only consider “secure” recording tools that protect your usage data by only recording music at realtime speed and that do not communicate with Spotify servers.
 

Learn here how you can record Spotify to MP3.

How to record Spotify on a Windows 10 PC

Audials Music is the most powerful high-speed Spotify recorder available,  but is also perfectly capable of recording music in realtime.

Step 1: Download, install and open the Spotify recorder tool Audials Music

Audials Movie

Download and start the Windows software Audials Music. You do not need to register and you can deinstall it at any time.

 

Switch to the Music Streaming view. 

Step 2: Play back the music in Spotify

Click on the Spotify tile. In the window that opens, click "Record while playing". 

 

 

Important:
Choose recording speed "normal", and avoid chosing "high speed", in order to not risk that your Spotify account will be suspended. In addition, please activate album tagging from Audials.

 

Open Spotify and play the music that you would like to record and save.

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Step 3: Audials Music will record the songs from Spotify to MP3, AAC or WMA

The Spotify music streaming is automatically recorded and the music saved as single MP3 files, perfectly tagged and in the highest audio quality. That's it! Now you know how to record from Spotify with the Spotify recorder Audials Music!

 

What is the Spotify recorder doing exactly?

The Spotify audio streaming is automatically recorded, separated into individual files, converted into your preferred file format like MP3, WMA, AAC or others and tagged with ID3 tags, album cover, and song text. The completed files will then be displayed in the Audials player on your right. You can now play the files with Audials or drag & drop them into another application or Windows Explorer to export them.

Key features of Audials Music

  • Records streams from Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music, and many others.
  • A universal music recorder is also available. It records anything that is played by the soundcard.
  • Audials Music suggests the optimal bitrate.
  • You will get perfectly cut and tagged recordings.
  • With the smart music manager, you can decide, in which folders Audials Music will save the songs and whether they have to be sorted by album, year etc. Even huge amounts of music can be retagged fast and easily.

 

 

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Which free tools can save Spotify music?

Audacity

With the free software Audacity, you can record Spotify and other streaming services and sources. However, this tool is rather designed for professional use. For beginners, it could be confusing. Here is an instruction on how to record with Audacity.

TunesKit Audio Capture

 

Furthermore, you will find various Spotify recorder tools on the internet as a demo version, for example, TunesKit Audio Capture. However, it will allow you to record only 1 minute for free. That is not enough to be sure that the software really works on your PC.

Spytify

Spytify is an easy-to-use tool that records Spotify while you play it back on your PC. 

SpotDL (Spotify Downloader)

SpotDL is an often used recording tool that you can get for free, too. However, spotDL is more complicated to install than the other ones: It is not sufficient to install it on your PC, you will also need FFmpeg. It is also important to know that spotDL does not directly record from Spotify, but from YouTube Music.

Syncios Audio Recorder for Android

Besides PC software, we also would like to present you a further method to record Spotify on an Android phone. You will need to install the Syncios Audio Recorder on a rooted smartphone. Then you will need to play the music on Spotify from your Windows PC or Mac device and tap the record button in the Syncios Audio Recorder.

 

It is very important that your mobile device has to be rooted. Please note that rooting has serious dangers/ disadvantages as you could occasionally destroy your mobile device. Furthermore, a malware attack with root access will harm your smartphone even more than a malware attack without root access.

Is there further software to record Spotify songs, playlists, and albums?

 

By the way, we have made a list of the best tools to record from Spotify: Top Spotify recorders.

 

 Audials MusicTunesKit Spotify Music ConverterApplian Replay Music Sidify Music ConverterNoteBurner Spotify Music ConverterTuneCable Music Downloader for WindowsTunelfAudacity

Spytify

Recording quality/bitrate available: Up to 320 kbps
Recording speed1x-30x5xno info1x or 5x1x or 5x5x1x or 5x1x1x
Song cutting
-
Automatic Tagging-
Music Manager--------
Price$29,90$34,95$29,95$49,95*$49,95*49,95*$49,95**freefree

* yearly

** lifetime

 

How to download Spotify music on your iPhone or Android mobile device

Step 1: Register as a Spotify Premium user and install the Spotify app on your mobile device.

 

Step 2: Log in to Spotify on your phone.

 

Step 3: Open "Your Library" in Spotify and choose the playlist you would like to download.

 

Step 4: Tap the download button in the playlist.

 

Please note

  • You have to use the Spotify app at least one time within 30 days with an Internet connection, otherwise the downloaded music will be deleted.
  • The playlists also will be deleted, if you reinstall the app.
  • If you download paylists on more than 5 devices, the downloads will be removed from the device that you have not used for the longest period.

FAQ about how to record from Spotify

Can I download music from Spotify?

Yes, you will be able to download songs directly from Spotify only if you have a premium subscription. Then you will be able to listen to the music without an internet connection. However, like this you will NOT get MP3 files and you will lose your music after cancelling your subscription.

How can I record from Spotify in order to get the music as MP3 files?

If you install a Spotify recorder software like Audials Music, you will be able to record Spotify to MP3.

Where can I find information about further Spotify recorder tools?

Here you can read which tools are the best for recording music from Spotify.

About Spotify

Spotify is a trademark and music streaming service developed by Spotify Technology S. A., which is headquartered in Sweden. Spotify provides more than 40 million songs and audiobooks. Spotify launched first its service in 2008 and is today available in 65 regions. Spotify offers a freemium service with basic features and advertisements or limitations. A paid subcription offers additional features, improved music streaming quality, and no advertisments. In 2018 Spotify had 180 million monthly active users including 83 million paying subscribers. Spotify allows to download and use offline 10,000 music tracks on one device and up to 5 devices with one account. Music from Spotify is copyrighted. Any redistribution of it without the consent of the copyright owners may be a violation of the law in most countries, including the USA.

Please note

If you register or subscribe to Spotify, you will agree to the Spotify terms of use. We recommend to read them carefully and to adhere to them.

 

According to the Copyright Law of the United States, “No action may be brought under this title [copyright law] alleging infringement of copyright […] based on noncommercial use by a consumer of [a digital audio recording device]”.

 

The Spotify music stream that Audials is able to record is not protected by effective copy-protection measures. Audials just records the unencrypted signal which is outputted to the system sound device.

 

Besides the background recording in realtime (1x speed), recording in high-speed (up to 30x) is available in Audials Music. When you start recording in high-speed, Audials Music communicates with the Spotify servers. When you record in 1x, Audials Music does not communicate with Spotify servers.

 

So currently, you'd better only consider “secure” recording tools that protect your usage data by only recording music at realtime speed and that do not communicate directly with the Spotify servers. In Audials Music, this will be ensured if you use the background recording: Click the Spotify tile and choose "Record while playing". After that, please set the 1x ("normal") speed and album tagging from Audials. Audials Music will then record the music you play from the soundcard.

 

Music from Spotify™ is copyrighted. Any redistribution of it without the consent of the copyright owners may be a violation of the law in most countries, including the USA. Audials AG is not affiliated with Spotify™, nor the company that owns the trademark rights to Spotify™. This page is provided for compatibility purposes only, and in no case should be considered an endorsement of Audials Software products by any associated 3rd party.

 

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