Spotify only allows Premium subscribers to download music, playlists on Spotify desktop or mobile. Want to download Spotify music to computer for free? Follow this tutorial, you will be able to download Spotify songs, albums & playlists to local computer without Premium, and save Spotify songs as MP3/M4A/WAV/FLAC files.

Q1: “I am new to Spotify, I switch from the Amazon Music. Can I download Spotify music to Mac for free? Thanks.”

Q2: “If I stop subscribing to Spotify, can I continue to play downloaded songs on my desktop? If not, is it possible to download Spotify songs to my laptop without Premium?”

As the leader of music streaming service, Spotify offers Free and Premium plans. Both Spotify Free and Premium users can get access to more than 70 million songs, 2.2 million podcasts and 4 billion playlists. The great benefit for most Spotify Premium users is that Spotify offers the download function and Offline Mode for subscribers. If you have a Spotify Premium account (Premium Individual, Premium Student, Premium Duo or Premium Family), then you are able to download Spotify music to your computer and mobile devices for offline listening. For Spotify Free users, they can only stream music online on the Spotify app ow web player. The good news is that Spotify offers news users 3-month free trial. If you are new to Spotify, you may get 3 months of Spotify Premium for free.

In the latest article, we guide you how to download music from Spotify to mobile phone. Today, we’ll teach you how to download music from Spotify to computer, including Mac, Windows PC, laptop, MacBook, etc. In addition, you will have the opportunity to download Spotify music to your computer without Premium account! Let’s go!

Part 1. Download Music from Spotify on Mac/PC Computer with Premium

Compared with Spotify mobile app, Spotify desktop has some restrictions in downloading music. You can download albums, playlists, and podcasts on Spotify’s mobile app. But you can only download Spotify playlists if you’re using Spotify on your computer. So you’d better create your playlists and add your favorite music to the playlist. Now follow the detailed steps to download Spotify playlist on your Mac or Windows computer.

Step 1. Open Spotify desktop app on your PC or Mac computer. Then log into your Premium account. Make sure your Spotify Premium account is within the validity period.

Step 2. In the left panel, find the playlist that you want to download.

Step 3. Then click the “Download” button, and Spotify will start downloading all the songs in the Spotify playlist.

download spotify playlist on computer

Step 4. After downloading the music, you can listen to them in offline mode. You will see a green symbol next to the downloaded playlist.

Some Tips about Downloading Music from Spotify to Computer:
1. To download high-quality music from Spotify to your computer, you can go to “Settings” to change the “Music Quality”.

change music quality on spotify desktop app

2.To access the downloaded Spotify songs on your computer, go to “Settings” > “Show Advanced Settings” > “Offline Songs Storage”. From there you will see the location of the downloaded songs.

check downloaded spotify songs on computer

Part 2. Download Spotify Music to Mac/ Windows Computer without Premium

Only Spotify Premiums are allowed to download music from Spotify to computer and mobile devices. What if you are a Spotify Free user and don’t want to upgrade to Premium? Worse, if you stop or cancel your subscription from Spotify, you will lose all the downloaded Spotify songs. Because all Spotify music comes with DRM protection, all downloaded Spotify songs are cache files, not real songs. To download Spotify music for free and save Spotify songs to local computer forever, you can ask help from a third-party tool/software. Here TunesBank Spotify Music Converter comes to the rescue.

TunesBank Spotify Music Converter is a professional Spotify music downloader & converter for Mac and Windows. It not only can help Spotify users get rid of the DRM lock, but also enables users to download Spotify songs, albums & playlist without Premium. Moreover, it lets users convert Spotify music to DRM-free MP3, M4A, FLAC and WAV formats with 100% original music quality (up to 320kbps bitrate). By using this tool, you could save Spotify songs on your local computer forever. Better yet, you could transfer the converted Spotify songs from computer to your portable devices, such as MP3 player, iPods, smartphone, USB drive, smart speaker, PSP, Xbox, etc.

Features of TunesBank Spotify Music Converter:

  • Easily unlock DRM protection and ads from Spotify music.
  • Download Spotify music and playlists to computer for free.
  • Download Spotify music at 5X speed with lossless music quality.
  • Save Spotify songs on computer forever without subscription.
  • Transfer Spotify songs to MP3 players, iPods, PSP, Xbox, phones, etc.
  • Burn Spotify music to CDs; Upload music to OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.

How to Download Music from Spotify to Computer with TunesBank

TunesBank Spotify Music Converter supports both Windows and Mac OS. The updated TunesBank Spotify Music Converter for Windows allows you to download music from Spotify without Spotify app. It can download Spotify music based on the Spotify web player. Here we take the Windows version as an example. For Mac users, please refer to How to Save Spotify Music/Playlist to Mac for detailed steps.

Step 1. Install and Launch TunesBank Spotify Music Converter for Windows
Fire up TunesBank Spotify Music Converter on your PC. Click the “Open the Spotify web player, and login to your Spotify free or premium.

launch Spotify Music Converter

Step 2. Add Spotify Songs/Playlists to TunesBank
Now you will enter to the Spotify web player, and you can see your music library in the left side. Just drag and songs or playlist to the “+” icon.

Add Spotify Songs

Then click the “Select All:” button at the bottom.

select Spotify Songs

Step 3. Customize Output Settings
Select the target format from the “Convert all files to” option. If you plan to transfer the Spotify songs to other player and device, MP3 format is recommended.

select mp3 format

Also, you can go to the menu bar, choose “Preferences” to adjust the output quality like bitrate, sample rate.

aujust output settings

Step 4. Download Songs from Spotify to Local Computer
Simple press on the “Convert” button, and TunesBank will immediately download all selected songs from Spotify to your local computer.

start downloading spotify music to computer in mp3

Once done, you can go to the “Finished” section to find all converted Spotify songs. Click “View Output File”, and you can play the songs via Windows Media Player!

output spotify mp3 file

The Bottom Line
This will be the ideal solution for those who want to download music from Spotify to computer. If you want to download Spotify music to your Mac or Windows computer and transfer Spotify music to your own devices, you can try TunesBank Spotify Music Converter, you will discover and enjoy its benefits.

Download Spotify Music to Computer


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