How to Record Spotify to MP3

Spotify is the most popular digital music service providers that offers a very smooth and easy way of discovering and enjoying music. With Spotify, you have access to a world of music, you can listen to artist and albums, or create your own playlist of your favorite songs. Think of it as your online music library, filled with millions of music tracks you can use to create playlists, share with friends and stream on multiple devices, such as iPhone, iPad, Boxee, TeliaSonera digital TV, Onkyo receiver, Logitech Squeezebox Touch or Radio etc. are some of the compatible devices.

Spotify provides online audio streaming services that enable registered users to listen to their favorite music at the click of a button. However, it is not possible to save tracks directly to your computer. To download and save Spotify music for free to enjoy the music anywhere anytime, you need to record Spotify music with a third-party Spotify recorder applications such as TuneBite Premium Spotify Recorder or Audacity.

Record Spotify to MP3 or AAC with TuneBite Premium

TuneBite Premium can record music streaming from Spotify to MP3, AAC or WMA format with original audio quality. Read the following steps to get how to save music from Spotify with lossless quality.

Step 1. Install and run the Spotify recording tool

Download TuneBite Premium from the link below, then install the Windows software on your computer. For Mac user, you can turn to Record Spotify with Audacity on Mac.

TuneBite Premium

After launching it, start Audials Tunebite and switch to the “Save Music”. Select e.g. MP3 as the desired output format from “Format” on the downside of your screen.

TuneBite Premium Spotify recorder

Step 2. Play back the Spotify™​​​​ Music

Now click on “Audio/Music Recording” and in the drop-down menu that appears, click on the tile “Spotify software“. In the window that opens, click “high-speed recording”.

As soon as Audials Tunebite is ready for recording, open Spotify™ and play back the music you would like to record.

open Spotify music

You’ll be amazed to see that Spotify plays your music in 5x speed! In the “Save music” view Audials creates a list with all the music files that are recorded for you.

By clicking “Start another Spotify instance for parallel recording” you can even record from two Spotify instances in parallel, thus reaching 10 times speed!

Step 3. Record music 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 highest audio quality. That´s it!

How does it work?

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 und song text. The completed files are then 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.

configure settings


Record Spotify with Audacity Mac

Audacity is a free audio recording and editing program available for Windows and Mac computers.

Step 1. Open Audacity

Open Audacity application once you have it installed on your Mac or Windows computer. If you don’t already have Audacity installed:

  • On Windows: Go to http://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows and click Audacity X.X.X Installer at the top the page (where X.X.X is the latest version available). Double-click the installer file and follow the prompts to install Audacity.
  • On Mac: Go to http://www.audacityteam.org/download/mac and click Audacity X.X.X.dmg file at the top of the page (where X.X.X is the latest version available). Double-click the .dmg file and follow the prompts to install Audacity.

Step 2. Set up the device toolbar

Device Toolbar provides an easy way to select your required combination of audio host, recording device, recording channels and playback device, without having to open Devices Preferences.

Click on the toolbar image below to see this toolbar displayed in context of the default upper tooldock layout.

Audacity device toolbar

1. Select an audio host

Click the host drop-down menu box on the left side of the microphone icon and select:

On Windows:
MME(the Audacity default and the most compatible with all audio device), Windows DirectSound or Windows WASAPI:
On Mac:
the only choice is Core Audio

select Audacity audio host

2. Choose recording device

Choose the built-in or attached sound device that you want to use for recording.

On Windows:
Microsoft Sound Mapper – Output (appears when the Windows “MME” Audio Host is selected), or Speakers (in most other cases like the inbuilt computer sound device) .
On Mac:
the internal soundcard playback device is usually referred to as “Built-in”.

select recording device

3. Select Stereo recording

Click the recording channels drop-down box, the left of the speaker icon, and select 2 (Stereo) Recording Channels. It’s the second option in the drop-down menu.

select recording channel

4. Choose playback device

Click the playback device drop-down menu to choose the built-in or attached sound device that you want to use for playback.

On Windows:
Microsoft Sound Mapper – Output (appears when the Windows “MME” Audio Host is selected), or Microphone (in most other cases, such as the inbuilt computer sound device).
On Mac:
the internal soundcard recording inputs are usually referred to as “Built-in”

select playback device

Step 3. Record Spotify with Audacity on Mac

Click the red circle Record button to start recording all the audio that your computer plays.

Step 4. Play Spotify music

Switch to the Spotify app, click the song you want to record or just press the Play button to start playing Spotify music.

As the song plays, you’ll see sound waves form on the timeline in the Audacity app as it records the Spotify music.

recording Spotify with Audacity Mac

Step 5. Save Spotify music as MP3, WAV, OGG format

Click the black square Stop button at the top of Audacity app when you’re finished recording. Then click “File” > “Export” > “Export as MP3″File. You can also save recorded Spotify music as WAV, OGG format file.

exoport Spotify music as MP3

Then you can add and edit the metadata of the song you’ve recorded.

edit metadata tags

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