You may have noticed that Spotify offers offline music listening for its premium users. Is that possible for a free user, you may ask?
Well, the answer is YES. Spotify doesn’t allow us to download music from Spotify without a premium account. Fortunately, there is a workaround for the question, you will learn from this tutorial how to download Spotify to mp3 step by step. It’s easy to archive, no advanced computer skills are required. After you done that, you will be enjoying Spotify music offline without the premium account.
Spotify offers a Free and a $9.99 per month Premium plan. You could enjoy all Spotify music online for a free account. However, if you’d like to upgrade your Spotify account, one of the benefits of a premium account is allows their users to enjoy music offline. This great feature is handy when the internet connection is not available or you want to save the data from your mobile data plan. Check the more detailed comparison of Spotify free and Spotify Premium. Many Spotify users with a free account are wondering that if they could enjoy Spotify offline as well. This guide will show you how to download music from Spotify without a premium account.
The benefits you will get after reading this post:
- Save music from Spotify to MP3 or any other popular file formats. The MP3 files are much flexible. You could play it offline on your phone or MP3 player.
- Make a unique ringtone from a Spotify song.
Sounds good? Let’s begin
How to download music from Spotify to mp3 without a premium?
As you may know, no matter how hard you try, it is not possible to download any music from the Spotify server directly. If you want to listen to Spotify offline without premium, we have to do it another way. A recommended way is to record music from Spotify with a handy music recorder tool. With it, you could get an mp3 file from Spotify with just 1-click. This program is not freeware. You need to pay $25 for a lifetime license.
Let me show you how to do it in details:
Please download the software (Cinch audio recorder) as below:
Step 1: Install the software and launch it. Now press the yellow “Record” button on the upper-left corner.
Step 2: Start to play the music that you want to download on Spotify. The recorder will record music automatically once it detects sound playing from your computer. The default output is the MP3 format. You could change to WAV format if you want to save music as a raw audio file (lossless sound quality).
Step 3: After the recording is finished, right-click on a recorded song in the library and then select the “Open folder” you will see all recorded songs in MP3 format.
That’s it. With only 3 steps, you have downloaded Spotify to MP3 on your computer. The quality of the MP3 will be the same as the original music. Now you could transfer recorded Spotify mp3 files to your iPod or other MP3 players for listening offline.
P.S. The free trial version allows you to record up to 5 Spotify songs.
How to make a unique ringtone from a recorded song?
Now you have got the MP3 from Spotify, and all recorded songs are showing on the list. You could make a ringtone from one of the recorded songs.
To make a ringtone, let’s start to crop a song for making a ringtone. Just click the “bell icon” at the right of the song. You will see an interface of audio editing below.
Choose your favorite section of a song as a ringtone. You could set a starting point and ending point. You could preview the ringtone by clicking the “play” button. If everything is ok, click the “Save” button to save it on your computer in the .mp3 format.
Keep in mind that if you try to make a ringtone for your iPhone, make sure that the ringtone’s length is no longer than 40 seconds. Otherwise, iTunes will refuse to copy the ringtone to your phone.
To access this ringtone file by clicking on the “Folder” icon on the bottom right. Then browse on to the “Ringtone” folder, copy your music, paste it into your local device, and then set the music as your ringtone.
Other Spotify downloading services
If you search with the keyword “Spotify downloader” on Google, you will find some sites that provide Spotify URL to mp3 service. It is straightforward to use. Just copy and paste the URL of a Spotify song or playlist into the search bar and click the convert button, the site will download music for you. However, those services are parsing the URL’s song title and searching it on third-party music sharing (p2p) sources and then downloading them. It means that all songs you downloaded with those services are not really from Spotify. You may get the wrong version of the song you want or low-quality music.
Now you should be able to download music from Spotify without a premium account for offline listening.
Please leave a comment if you have a better way to play Spotify music offline with a free account.