The top Spotify downloaders (free & premium) 2021

Last update: October 14th, 2021

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Spotify is a great music service, offering millions of songs in both free and premium subscriptions. Besides better audio quality, Spotify premium also offers offline playback – but only inside the Spotify app.

 

Luckily, there are many tools that do the job of a Spotify Downloader by recording audio from your PC's sound card. These tools work both for Spotify free and premium. And they let you save your music into high quality mp3 or aac files, which you can play back on any device like mobile phones, tablets, cars etc.

 

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.
 

Top Spotify Music Downloaders for Windows

We have tested the best available tools for you which allow you to record music from Spotify into mp3, aac or even flac files.

While some tools are free, other premium tools will cost you a few dollars. But for that, they offer much higher quality. They are more reliable than freeware tools, so that they are more than worth your money. Technically, these tools will play back music in Spotify, and record it into music files.

1. Audials Music

Audials Music is a Windows tool with a great variety of features for recording music from Spotify and other streaming platforms in a comfortable and easy manner. The user can choose between many different formats like MP3, AAC, WAV and FLAC.

 

As the Spotify music stream is not protected by effective copyright measures, Audials Music can play it back and record it in realtime speed (1x) from the sound card. Like this, Audials Music will do the job a Spotify downloader. Audials Music will not connect to Spotify servers so that you can avoid the risk of the account being suspended. To start this background recording, click the Spotify tile and choose "Record while playing", normal recording speed and album tagging from Audials. The Spotify songs will be recorded and separated into correctly named audio files.

 

Audials Music searches for the lyrics from lyrics websites automatically and adds the ID3 tags from the Audials database. If you really love music, Audials Music will be the ideal music recorder because it records not only from Spotify but also from other sources like Tidal, Amazon Music, and Deezer, too.

 

To play back your music on mobile devices, you can convert them with the built-in audio converter.  Create individual playlists depending on genre, your own mood, artists etc.

Pros

  • records in realtime speed
  • you can also record from Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer and further streaming services
  • supported file formats: MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC
  • the tool automatically adds lyrics from lyrics websites
  • adds ID3 tags from Audials database automatically
  • optionally supports highspeed recording (not recommended)
  • built-in audio file converter
  • create own playlists

 

Cons

  • it is necessary to create a free account
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Replay Music by Applian

With Replay Music by Applian, you will be able to record from almost any source you like: Replay Music can save songs form online radios, streaming services and videos. You just have to click the record button and to play back your Spotify playlist or album and the tool will record them as single files. Additionally, you will get the ID3 tags, lyrics and the album covers for each song. However, Replay Music does not have an audio converter and a file manager. 

Pros

  • records from almost any source
  • simple usage
  • you will get the ID3 tags, album covers and lyrics
  • supported formats: MP3, M4A, WMA and others

 

Cons

  • no converter for already recorded songs
  • no file manager
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Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder

Recording music streams with the Wondershare Audio Recorder is very easy: Play back any audio on your PC and Wondershare will split the music into tracks and automatically add the ID3 tags and cover arts. That's it.

Wondershare has a tag editor that allows to edit separate tracks or to edit them in batches. What Wondershare does not have is a playlist ceator and an audio file converter. The latter could urgently be needed to play back the recordings on other devices.

Pros

  • universal audio recorder
  • easy-to-use
  • automatic tagging
  • tag editor

 

Cons

  • only MP3 and M4A
  • no audio converter
  • no possibility to create playlists
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Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorder

Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorder is a simple tool to record Spotify music into tracks wih ID3 tags in MP3, FLAC, WMA or other formats. It works similarly to Wondershare because you just need to play your music and hit the record button to start recording.

Besides a radio player and a music search, Apowersoft also has the interesting Audio to text feature which allows to generate the lyrics from songs you play. Thus, in contrast to Audials Music, you will not get the lyrics automatically. 

 

Pros

  • universal audio recorder
  • record in MP3, FLAC, WMA etc.
  • easy-to-use
  • automatic tagging
  • radio player

 

Cons

  • no automatic lyrics search
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Leawo Music Recorder

Leawo Music Recorder includes many useful features: A universal audio recorder to save the music you play back as MP3 or WAV, automatic tagging, a tag editor and a playlist creator. It is as simple as Wondershare and Apowersoft. There are just two disadvantages: You will have only two audio file formats and an audio converter is not included in Leawo. So you will have to look for a converter if, for example, your mobile device requires different formats.

 

Pros

  • universal audio recorder
  • record in MP3, FLAC, WMA etc.
  • easy-to-use
  • tag editor
  • playlist creator
  • ID3 tags automatically

 

Cons

  • only two recording formats available
  • no audio converter
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Other software to record Spotify: Free Spotify Recorders

You do not need to spend money to get a Spotify recorder. However, please note that the quality of your recordings will be lower if you use such a tool or you will miss some features.

Audacity

Audacity is a special case as actually, it is for professional use. But you can use it to record Spotify. A problem is that Audacity will seem complicated for those who did not use it previously. You have also take into account that the songs will not be tagged and cut automatically.

Pros

  • free
  • software for editing audio files in a professional manner (cutting, adding effects)
  • universal for all recording sources
  • records in 1x speed

 

Cons

  • the user interface is not suitable for beginners
  • no ID3 tags
  • no automatic song cutting
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spotDL / spotify-downloader

If you expect you can install spotDL on your PC fast and use it immediately, this tool will not meet your expectations. In fact, it is much more difficult to install than the other tools described on this page: It is not a software with a user interface and a manager that helps you to install it. Furthermore, in order to be able to use it, you will have to install FFmpeg on your PC. Thus, spotDL is best suitable for developers. It is also important to know that it does not record from Spotify, but from YouTube Music, so you won't get the best versions of the songs. And of course, not all songs can be recorded that way.

 

YouTube Music is used by the tool to search for results. But YouTube Music is not available in all countries, that means that spotDL will not work in all countries either.

 

Pros

  • free

 

Cons

  • difficult to install
  • rather for developers 
  • no user interface
  • records from YouTube
  • not available in all countries

 

 

You will find a similar Spotify recorder on GitHub, the schollz / spotifydownload that can record songs in the M4A format. Although its name also lets you think that you record from Spotify, the recording source is YouTube too.
 

Spotify downloaders you should use carefully or avoid using them

It seems that users of some Spotify downloader tools were suspended and thus, using these tools is not recommended.

TunesKit Spotify Music Converter

The TunesKit Spotify Music Converter is a very easy-to-use recording tool specially designed for recording Spotify. Use the mouse to drag the music you want from Spotify to the TunesKit Spotify Music Converter and then click the Convert button. The tool will save the songs to your computer in the format you want (MP3, AAC, M4A, and others). You can also specify the bit rate and sample rate at which the music should be saved. The Spotify music downloader by TunesKit records at five times the speed, but realtime speed is available, too. Nevertheless, this tool could lead to your account being blocked (So articles like this one recommending TunesKit without informing about the risks are outdated).

 

However, if you want to record from other sources, another recording tool will be required.

 

For users who have not used the tool yet, it is important to test it out before buying it. However, only one minute can be recorded with the trial version. Since most of the songs are about 3 minutes long, it is difficult to convince yourself immediately before buying that the tool works on your own PC.

 

Annotation: If you compare the AudFree Spotify Music Converter (AudFree SpoDable) with TunesKit, you will see that they look similar. And indeed, AudFree also records at up to 5x speed, but also offers normal recording speed. A further Spotify downloader that looks similar is the Tunelf Spotify Music Converter (see below).

Pros

  • records in multiple formats
  • very easy to use
  • automatic tagging

 

Cons

  • Warning: This tool may lead to your account being suspended. 
  • Additional recorder software required for further streaming services
  • A maximum of 1 min recording time in the trial version is available
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Spotibeat Music Converter by Tunelf

 

A Spotify song downloader with a user interface similar to that of TunesKit is the Spotifybeat Music Converter by Tunelf. In contrary to TunesKit, this Spotify downloader offers the option to record in realtime speed, but up to 5x recording speed is available, too. So before recording, please check whether 1x is activated, otherwise you risk your Spotify account getting suspended. You can save your music as MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4B and M4A. The ID3 tags are included.

 

Please note: On some PCs it is possible that this tool is blocked by the Windows Defender.

 

Pros

  • records in realtime speed
  • available formats: MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4B and M4A

 

Cons

  • Warning: This tool may lead to your account being suspended. 
  • Additional recorder software required for further streaming services
  • blocked by Windows Defender

SpotiKeep Converter

A further Spotify downloader with the most common set of features is the SpotiKeep Converter: It saves Spotify music as MP3, M4A, WAV or FLAC files and keeps the ID3 tags. The tool works for Spotify, not for other sources. Please note: In the SpotiKeep Converter, there is no option to choose the recording speed, that means that all tracks are recorded in 5x speed only, so there is the risk of getting suspended by Spotify.

Pros

  • MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC
  • Keeps ID3 tags

 

Cons

  • Warning: This tool may lead to your account being suspended because only 5x speed is available.
  • Does not record from other streaming services.
     
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TuneCable Spotify Downloader

 

A list of Spotify downloaders would not be complete without the TuneCable Spotify Downloader. It records music from Spotify in various formats in up to 10x speed, but it is possible to select the realtime speed recording. 

Pros

  • MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF
  • Keeps ID3 tags
  • 1x recording speed possible

 

Cons

  • Warning: This tool may lead to your account being suspended. 
  • Does not record from other streaming services.
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Spotify Music Converter by Sidify

The Spotify Music Converter created by Sidify is suitable for anyone who wants to save music from Spotify. The software can be installed easily and fast and it is not necessary to create a user account. A positive aspect is also the very clear user interface.

 

A further advantage of the Spotify downloader by Sidify is that you can use it to record in realtime speed. However, there is no guarantee that your Spotify account will be safe from being blocked.

Pros

  • records songs, albums, and playlists from Spotify in MP3, FLAC and other formats
  • clear user interface
  • saves ID3 tags
  • user account not necessary

 

Cons

  • Warning: This tool may lead to your account being suspended. 
  • Spotify is the only streaming service that can be recorded

 

 

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Spotify Music Converter by Noteburner

If you install NoteBurner Music Converter on your PC you will immediately see that its user interface is the same as that of Sidify. Thus, the features of Noteburner and Sidify are the same and the pros and cons are the same too.

Pros

  • records songs, albums, and playlists from Spotify in MP3, FLAC and other formats
  • ID3 tags are saved 
  • simple user interface
  • user account not necessary

 

Cons

  • Warning: This tool may lead to your account being suspended. 
  • does not record further streaming services
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TunePat Spotify Converter

The TunePat Spotify Converter has an intuitive user interface so that you can save songs from Spotify with just a few clicks. To do this, open the TunePat Tool and set the output format and bit rate. The tool has an embedded browser so that you can select the songs directly in TunePat. Available output formats are MP3, AAC, FLAC, AIFF and WAV. The tool will automatically record the ID3 tags.

You don't need to install the Spotify app to use the TunePat Spotify Converter. From a user's perspective, however, this is problematic because you have to enter your Spotify account information into the tool instead.

 

However, the reason why you should not use the Spotify downloader by TunePat is that it only records in 10x speed. The developers did not implement a method to set the 1x speed. 

 

Annotation: This software is offered on tune4mac.com, too. Although the screenshots used on that page show the TunePat Spotify Converter, the product on that page is named Tune4Mac Spotify Audio Converter.

Pros

  • easy to use
  • available formats: MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF
  • saves ID3 tags automatically

 

Cons

  • 10x recording speed. Warning: This tool may lead to your account being suspended. 
  • does not support any further streaming services
  • entering Spotify login data required
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Comparison: Best Spotify Downloaders/ Recorders for Windows

 

In this table we compare all important features of the best Spotify recorders and those recorders that should be used carefully:

 Audials MusicApplianWondershareApowersoftLeawoAudacityspotDLTunes KitTunelfSpotiKeepTuneCableSidify / Note BurnerTunePat
Recording quality/bitrate available: Up to 320 kbps256 kbpsno info
Recording speedup to 30x1x1x1x1x1xno info5x5x5x10x5x10x
Supports realtime speed----
Risk of account suspension-------!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Song cutting-
Automatic Tagging-
Tag editor---------
Price$29,90$19,90$19,00*$39,95**$29,99**freefree$34,95*$49,95*$39,95**$59,95**$49,95**$49,95**

* lifetime

** annually

 

Spotify Downloaders for Android (APK)

There are some alternative Spotify players & downloaders for Android mobile phones.

The most important ones are Shabinder or Spotify Music Downloader APK.

None of them is available in Google Play Store, and that for a good reason: These tools try to „hack“ Spotify servers, which may lead to Spotify banning your account. Additionally, sideloading APK files to install such apps is a security threat: Such APK could contain malware which damages your smartphone. A much better and safer alternative is to record Spotify music on your Windows PC, and then copy the music files to your Android smartphone.

 

Audials Music has a built-in feature that lets you easily copy music to Android devices.

Are there any alternatives to installing spotify downloader tools?

If you don't want to install software on your PC, you can use browser extensions such as the Spotify & Deezer Music Downloader or record songs directly online on 4Hub. However, there are two things to consider:

 

  • The recording quality is lower than when using an installed tool.
  • Usually only single songs can be recorded.

 

As mentioned above, Spotify Premium users can use the Spotify app as a Spotify downloader. On guru99.com, there is a good description how to do this on the desktop or mobile app.

 

Spotify downloader for Apple Mac and iPhone

For some of the above Windows Spotify recorders exist versions for Apple Macs.

Audials Music runs perfectly in „Parallels“ on MacOS.

There are no Spotify recorders for iPhones, as Apple does not list them in the AppStore. However, you can easily record Spotify music on Windows PCs, and copy them to your iPhone through the iTunes software.

Results: Audials Music is the best Spotify Recorder

Many of the Spotify recorders described here do not offer recording in realtime, so using them, you can be blocked by Spotify. Audials Music records in 1x speed and does not communicate with Spotify servers. Furthermore, it can be used to record from other sources. Thus, Audials Music is the most powerful and secure Spotify recorder that we can recommend you. Try the demo version for free or buy Audials Music without any risks with a 14 days money-back guarantee.

You already have Audials Music on your PC and you want to start recording? We have an instruction for you here:

Spotify to MP3 with Audials Music

 

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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