The top Spotify downloaders (free & premium) 2022

Last update: August 31st, 2022

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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 Windows PC's sound device. 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 protection circumvented
Using the right tools, only unencrypted data is recorded from Spotify. US law tells that consumers won’t face legal action when recording.
To avoid that Spotify may possibly suspend accounts, it is better to use secure recording tools which are invisible to Spotify.

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 One

Audials One is a Spotify downloader for Windows with a great variety of features for recording songs, playlists and albums from Spotify in lossless quality in a comfortable and easy manner. It does not matter whether you use the Spotify app or the website spotify.com. The user can choose between many different formats like MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, OGG, WMA and FLAC.

 

As the Spotify music stream is not protected by effective copyright measures, Audials One can play it back and record the signal that is transmitted to the PC's sound system in realtime speed (1x). Like this, Audials One will do the job a Spotify downloader.  Spotify does not detect this recording method, however, recording at up to 30x speed is supported, too.  Audials One 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 One searches for the lyrics from lyrics websites automatically and adds the ID3 tags from the Audials database. If you really love music, Audials One 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. Retag thousands of songs within seconds and transfer your music to your mobile device.

 

Additionally, listen to and record 100,000 radio stations and millions of podcasts. Favor artists and radio stations and get further stations suggested that are suitable to your musical taste. Use your favorites to search with the bot for up to 5000 similar songs. With Audials One, you can screen record video streaming content from Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and many more providers.

 

Please note that Audials One does not support M1 Macs.

Pros

  • supports recording from Spotify app or from spotify.com
  • records in secure realtime speed that is not detected by Spotify
  • optional: record at up to 30x speed
  • supported file formats: MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, WMA
  • the tool automatically adds lyrics from lyrics websites
  • adds ID3 tags from Audials database
  • optionally supports highspeed recording (not recommended)
  • built-in audio file converter
  • create own playlists
  • manage your music, add it to other devices
  • compatible with Windows 11/10 and Mac (for Mac Bootcamp or Parallels are required)

 

additionally:

  • listen to and record 100,000 radio stations and millions of podcasts
  • get radio station suggestions according to your favorites
  • bot: automatic search for songs according to your musical taste
  • screen record Amazon Prime Video, Netfix & Co.

 

Cons

  • Exception: M1 Macs are not supported
  • more expensive than Audials Music
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How to use the Spotify downloaders by Audials

 

1. Install and launch Audials. Choose the output format in Format on the downside of Audials.
2. Click Spotify in the Music Streaming view. Audials automatically suggests the best recording settings.
3. Play back an album or playlist and Audials will record it as separate audio files.

 

2. Audials Music

Audials Music has all features to record Spotify and other music streaming services. The difference to Audials One is only the fact that Audials Music does not contain the radio, podcast, video streaming recording and the music bot.

Pros

  • supports recording from Spotify app or from spotify.com
  • records in secure realtime speed that is not detected by Spotify
  • optional: record at up to 30x speed
  • supported file formats: MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, WMA
  • 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
  • manage your music, add it to other devices
  • compatible with Windows 11/10 and Mac (for Mac Bootcamp or Parallels are required)

 

Cons

  • Exception: M1 Macs are not supported
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3. 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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As many tools described here work very similarly, here is a general instruction how to use them: 

 

How to record music with Replay Music and other Spotify downloaders

 

1. Install and start the Spotify downloader.
2. Choose the output format and the recording quality.
3. Click the record button. Some tools will require to stop recording by hand.
4. Play back music in Spotify and it will be saved as audio files on your PC.

 

4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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

 

9. Viwizard Music Converter

The Viwizard Music Converter (previously called 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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10. AudFree Spotify Music Converter

With the AudFree Spotify Music Converter, users can record songs from Spotify in 5x speed along with the ID3 tags as WAV, M4B, MP3, FLAC, M4A or AAC audio files. You only need to choose the audio format, sample rate and bitrate before you start recording. Realtime recording is available, too. If it is not activated, AudFree will use the rapid recording method. 

Then drag&drop an album or playlist into AudFree and click Convert. Then you will get the songs as audio files on your PC.

    Pros

    • Spotify per drag&drop
    • ID3 tags available
    • real-time speed available
    • output formats: WAV, M4B, MP3, FLAC, M4A or AAC

     

    Cons

    • Warning: This tool may lead to your account being suspended. 
    • only works for Spotify
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    11. NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter

    The Spotify Music Converter by NoteBurner work similarly as AudFree: After having chosen the recording settings, drag&drop music from Spotify into the Spotify downloader software. Real-time speed is available, but the maximum speed is 10x. The available output formats are: WAV, ALAC, MP3, AAC, FLAC, AIFF.

     

    There is also a tool called Sidify Music Converter with the same features, so this description is suitable for it, too.

    Pros

    • records Spotify by drag&drop
    • WAV, ALAC, MP3, AAC, FLAC, AIFF
    • 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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    12. TuneFab Spotify Music Converter

    You have learned now that most of the Spotify downloaders are very similar. But there is still a tool where you will see a difference how you acess Spotify to record music from it. With the TuneFab Spotify Music Converter, you will not need to open Spotify in a web browser or in the Spotify app because Spotify is built into TuneFab. So you will need to enter your Spotify credentials into TuneFab.

    Pros:

    • maximum recording speed: 5x
    • keeps the ID3 tags
    • available output formats: MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC

     

    Cons:

    • only works for Spotify
    • entering your Spotify login data into TuneFab is necessary
    • Warning: This tool may lead to your account being suspended.
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    13. 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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    14. Ondesoft Spotify Music Converter

    To record with the Ondesoft Spotify Music Converter, drag&drop or copy&paste an album or playlist from Spotify into the tool, select the required file format and bitrate and finally click the Convert button. That's all you need to do. As there is no option to choose the real-time recording speed, this tool could be detected by Spotify.

     

    The Ondesoft Spotify Converter records from the Spotify app or from the Spotify website inside Ondesoft. The second recording method could be problematic for those users who want to be sure that their data are not shared to anyone.

    Pros

    • intuitive usage
    • saves ID3 tags automatically
    • available output formats: MP3, FLAC, WAV, OGG, AIFF, M4A
    • records from the Spotify app 

     

    Cons

    • no real-time recording. Warning: This tool may lead to your account being suspended. 
    • Alternative recording method is the Spotify website in the spotify downloader. That means that you need to enter your Spotify credentials to use this recording method.
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    15. AudiFab Spotify Music Converter by Tune4mac

    AudiFab is a Spotify downloader for Mac devices that offers all important features that Windows tools have: It saves songs in MP3, FLAC, WAV or AAC, keeps the ID3 tags and separates the songs. Both high speed and real-time recording speed is available.

     

    There is a confusion regarding the name of the software because on this page the tool is called Tune4mac Spotify Audio Recorder. But the page links to a second page of the same product where the manufacturer shows screenshots of a software called AudiFab Spotify Music Converter. Furthermore, the manufacturer calls AudiFab a downloader, so that you cannot know whether it just records the output from the soundcard or whether it is illegal.

    Pros

    • Mac software
    • all important features
    • real-time recording speed available

     

    Cons

    • according to manufacturer, it is a downloader
    • Warning: This tool may lead to your account being suspended. 

    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 OneAudials MusicApplianWondershareApowersoftLeawoAudacityspotDLViwizardAudFreeNoteBurnerTuneFabTuneCableOndesoftAudiFab
    Operating systemWindows / MacWindows / MacWin / MacWin / MacWin / MacWin / MacWin / MacWin / MacWin / MacWin / MacWin / MacWin / MacWin / MacWin / MacWin / Mac
    Records from Spotify app & spotify.com?spotify.comappappappspotify.com in TuneFabappapp or spotify.com in Ondesoftapp
    Recording quality/bitrate: Up to 320 kbps256 kbpsno infono info
    Recording speedup to 30xup to 30x1x1x1x1x1xno info5x5x5x5x10xno info10x
    Supports realtime speed--?-
    Risk of account suspension--------!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Song cutting-
    Automatic Tagging-
    Tag & audio editor----------
    Radio & podcast recording         
    Automatic music search (bot)--------------
    Video streaming recording-------------
    Price$59.90$29.90$19.90$19.00*$39.95**$29.99**freefree$34.95*$49.95*$59.95**$49.99**$59.95**$49.95**$59.95**

    * lifetime

    ** annually

     

    Spotify Downloaders for Android (APK)

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

    The most important is Shabinder.

    It is not available in Google Play Store, and that for a good reason: Such tools try to „hack“ Spotify servers, which may lead to Spotify banning your account. 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.

    What about web based Spotify downloaders?

    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.
    • Such tools mostly record in MP3 only.

     

    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.

     

    You will also find many online Spotify downloaders like soundloaders.com or spotify-downloader.com. As many websites of that kind do not offer a privacy policy and you do not know how the audio files are generated, it is better to avoid using online Spotify downloaders.

     

    Spotify downloader for Apple Mac and iPhone

    For some of the above Spotify music downloaders, versions for Apple Mac exist.

    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 the best Spotify downloader

    All Spotify downloaders listed here have both their advantages and disadvantages. Most are available as demo and full versions (except for the free tools). If you want to have the most important functions combined in one piece of software, we will recommend Audials Music. It allows you to record Spotify at real-time speed without connecting to Spotify's servers. Audials Music records from both the Spotify app and the Spotify website and saves the music correctly cut and automatically adds ID3 tags. You can record Spotify on your Windows PC and then transfer it to iPhone or Android devices. With Audials Music it is also possible to record other music streaming services. Try the demo version for free or buy Audials Music without any risks with a 14 days money-back guarantee.

    If you also want to record radio, podcasts and video streaming, Audials One will be the best choice. Try the demo version for free or buy Audials One without any risks with a 14 days money-back guarantee.

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

    Spotify to MP3 with Audials Music

     

    Further Spotify recorder tools are presented on softwaretestinghelp.com.

     

    However, you should not follow all advices given by tech blogs. For example, chrunos.com describes how to use an APK on Android. Installing APKs could harm your mobile device, so it is better to record Spotify on your PC and to transfer the music to your mobile device.

     

    FAQ

    Where can I download Spotify songs?

    You can use the Spotify downloader feature of the Spotify app if you are subscribed to Spotify Premium. However, these downloads will be deleted if the app is reinstalled or if you forget to connect your device with the internet minimum once in 30 days.

    How do I download from Spotify?

    Do the following steps to download music directly from the Spotify app with a Premium account: 

    1. Be sure that your PC or mobile device is connected to the Internet.

    2. Open an album or playlist and click the download button. 

    3. Now you can listen to the music offline. If you are using a mobile device, you will find the music in the Library.

    What is the best Spotify downloader?

    Audials Music and Audials One are the best Spotify music downloaders for Windows because they record in realtime speed, cut the songs automatically into separate audio files, add the tags and have a smart tag editor that enables you to rename songs of an entire genre or all songs of an artist within seconds.

    Which free Spotify downloader is the best?

    On this page you have learned about two free Spotify downloaders: spotDL and Audacity. Since spotDL is a developer tool without a UI, currently Audacity is the best Spotify downloader that you can get for free.

     

    Which Spotify downloader provides high quality recordings?

    With the Spotify downloaders by Audials, you can record music in high quality without any losses. Depending on your subsription and the chosen Spotify streaming settings, you can record MP3 songs with 128 kbit/s, 192 kbit/s, or even 320 kbit/s. 

    Can you get playlists from Spotify?

    Yes, with Audials, you can record playlists, songs and even albums as MP3 or in other formats. In any case, Audials will save each song as a separate audio file thanks to the precise song separation.

    Which browsers are compatible with the Spotify downloaders by Audials?

    Chrome, Firefox and Edge are compatible with Audials Music and Audials One. Recording from the browser is an alternative to recording from the Spotify app.

    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. When you start recording in high-speed, Audials communicates with the Spotify servers. When you record in 1x, Audials Music does not communicate with Spotify servers.

     

    The Spotify app could check your PC whether it is prepared for recording. So currently, you'd better only consider “secure” recording methods that protect your usage data by only recording music at realtime (1x) speed and that do not communicate directly with the Spotify servers. In Audials, this will be ensured if you use the recording from the Spotify website, not from the Spotify app.

     

    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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