How to Record Spotify Music to MP3

Updated by Adam Gorden on Jun 8, 2021 2:42 PM.

Spotify music, one of the largest streaming music services worldwide, offers easy access to unlimited songs for all users to enjoy online. It also provides an offline downloading service to premium subscribers who paid a $9.99 monthly fee. However, even those paid users can only download Spotify music on 3 devices within the Spotify app and the downloaded Spotify songs will still be deleted by Spotify when the subscription expires. To break the limit and download Spotify music offline without premium, a smart Spotify music recorder that can download and record Spotify songs for offline listening is highly needed.

In this post, we are going to introduce the 3 most popular ways to record Spotify to MP3 with lossless quality and ID3 tags kept.

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Part 1. Record Spotify Music with Spotify Music Recorder
Part 2. Record Spotify with Audacity
Part 3. Losslessly Download Spotify Songs with Spotify Music Downloader
Part 4. Conclusion & Suggestion

Part 1. Record Spotify Music with Spotify Music Recorder

To record music from Spotify to MP3, the most common way is to use some reliable Spotify recording software. If you are looking for a Spotify recorder that supports multi-track recording with high quality, then TunesKit Audio Capture could be your best assistance.

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It's fully compatible with Mac and Windows systems and can capture streaming Spotify tracks in MP3 and other formats, such as WAV, FLAC, AAC with original ID3 tags and music quality preserved. It's the most versatile Spotify music recorder that supports recording, editing, cutting, and merging recorded Spotify songs in a flexible way. In addition to a Spotify to MP3 recorder, it also records any audio from computer sound card including streaming music, like Pandora, Apple Music, Deezer, as well as game sound, voice calls, and more.

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Guide: How to Record from Spotify

Firstly, you should download and install the free trial version of TunesKit Audio Capture on your Mac or PC. Then simply follow these steps to learn how to record and download Spotify music offline with no quality loss.

Step 1Launch TunesKit Spotify Music Recorder

choose output format

Open TunesKit Audio Capture, then you'll see the starting window with a list of media programs displayed. You can add the Spotify app or other programs by clicking the + button. Since Spotify can be accessed via web browser as well as the desktop app, you should make sure the browsers or Spotify software was already added to the list before starting recording. Then simply click the Format icon where you can set the output format like MP3, AAC, etc. as you like.

Step 2Start to Play and Record Spotify Music

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Click the target browser or Spotify app from the starting window of TunesKit. Then go to your Spotify account and find any track you want to record. Start to play the tracks and you'll find the recordings appear in the main window of TunesKit. You can also play and record multiple Spotify songs simultaneously. The recorder will detect the tracks and divide them into independent songs intelligently.

Step 3Customize Recorded Spotify Tracks

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During the recording process, you can click the Edit icon behind each track. There you can customize the recorded Spotify songs by removing the unwanted parts. And you can also edit the tags including title, artist, album, year, etc.

Step 4Record Spotify to MP3

save recorded spotify music

To stop the recording, simply quit the browser or Spotify desktop app. Click the Save button and you'll be directed to the folder where downloaded Spotify songs are saved. You can click and play each audio track to preview the quality and delete those unwanted ones.

Part 2. Record Spotify with Audacity

As a free and open-source audio recorder, Audacity can be used to record sounds from Spotify and other sounds on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Its supportive output formats include MP3, WAV, AIFF, AU, FLAC, and more. To know how to record Spotify with Audacity, follow these steps, which give an example for recording Spotify with Audacity on Windows.

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1. Launch Audacity on your computer. Go to choose the Edit button from the toolbar and then arrive at the Preferences page. Select the Host choice in the Audio Host box.

2. Go to the References page and then the Recording section. Toggle the Software playthrough of input switch off.

3. Click the Record button. Start playing the Spotify music you want to record. Click the Stop button when the recording is completed.

Part 3. Losslessly Download Spotify Songs with Spotify Music Downloader

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The downside of the Spotify music recorder is that it only records Spotify songs in real-time. In other words, it will take a long time if you have a huge music collection to record from Spotify. If you prefer a faster Spotify recorder with better output music quality, you are suggested to switch to TunesKit Spotify Music Downloader instead, a top-rated Spotify music downloading solution exclusively developed to directly download and save Spotify songs as MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV, or other common formats with no loss of quality. And it is 5 times faster than the Spotify recorders. See how to record music from Spotify with TunesKit Spotify Music Downloader.

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Step 1Run TunesKit Spotify Music Downloader

add spotify music

Launch TunesKit Spotify Music Downloader on your computer. Then it will load the Spotify app automatically. Once loaded, you can browse the Spotify music library and drag the tracks or playlists that you want to download offline directly to TunesKit. Or you can copy the links of the files to the search box within TunesKit and click the + button to load them.

Step 2Adjust Output Preferences

set output profile

Now go to the top-right menu bar and select the Preferences option. Then you can set the output format of the Spotify music as MP3, AAC, or others. You are also allowed to customize the channel, sample rate, and bit rate of the songs.

Step 3Start Downloading Spotify Music as MP3

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When everything is set up, simply click the Convert button in the right corner. Then the program will begin to record and download Spotify songs at 5X faster speed. Once converted, you can find the well downloaded Spotify songs in lossless MP3 format by clicking the Converted icon.

Conclusion & Suggestion

In order to make it clearer for you to get the differences between these 3 Spotify music recorders, we made a comparison sheet as below for your reference.

  TunesKit Audio Capture Audacity TunesKit Spotify Music Downloader
Supported OS Mac & Windows Mac, Windows, Linux Mac & Windows
Quality High quality Common quality Lossless quality
Supported Input Audios Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, and any other sound on computer Spotify tracks and other audios on computer Spotify tracks, playlists, albums and artists
Supported Output Audios MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, M4B MP3, WAV, AIFF, AU, FLAC, and Ogg Vorbis MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, M4B
Operation Speed 1X 1X 5X faster
Keep & Edit ID3 Tags Yes No Yes
Adjust Parameters Yes No Yes
Cut, Merge Audios Yes Yes No

In general, all these 3 Spotify recorders are able to meet your requirements to record Spotify songs as MP3 files. The common shortcoming of TunesKit Audio Capture and Audacity is that they record Spotify music in 1:1 real time and there would be a little quality loss in recorded music. So if you care much about the recording speed and output quality, you'd better go for TunesKit Spotify Music Downloader which claims lossless output quality and 5X speedy downloading. And note that Audacity is difficult to use for most people who use it for the first time. However, if you want to record not only Spotify music but also other streaming music like Apple Music, Pandora, etc., TunesKit Audio Capture or Audacity will still be a better option for you.


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