How to Record Spotify Music with Audacity on Windows

Posted by Adam Gorden on Jun 18, 2020 5:25 PM.

Spotify, as one of the biggest online music streaming providers, hits millions of music fans from all over the world with more than 50 million high quality songs. But there's a fun fact about this internet giant, none of its 286 million users get the access to listen to its music outside Spotify platform.

If you're a free Spotify user, you must be putting up with endless ads that pop up in the middle of the song when you're vibing to it. Or if you're a Premium user, songs that downloaded from Spotify can not be played by any MP3 player other than Spotify itself.

Here's the solution, you can record Spotify with Audacity on Windows system and then you'll be able to play them offline with any music player no matter you're a paid user or not.

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Quick Guide to Record Spotify with Audacity

Audacity is a free open-source digital audio editor and recording software. It can be applied to record audio from a wide variety of sources including record sounds from internal speaker of the computer, which means with using audacity, music played on Spotify by the computer can be captured to the software and outputted in MP3, WAV, Ogg Vorbis or any other formats. Down below is a quick guide on how to record Spotify music with Audacity.

Step 1: Set up playback devices

Audacity preferences

(1) Open Audacity, click on "Edit" button from the toolbar and then enter preferences page.

(2) Select Host in the Audio Host box (using Windows WASAPI is the recommended method of record sounds played on the computer)

Step 2: Turn Software Playthrough Off

Audacity setting

Enter recording options page by clicking "Recording" on References and then toggle playthrough off. This will avoid a re-record process when recording a track which creates an increasingly loud series of echoes that may damage your computer.

Step 3: Start Recording

Audacity recording

Click the "Record" button in red and then start playing music on Spotify. When the recording is finished, click the "Stop" square in black.

On completion, you can save your recording file as any format as you wish.

Alternative Way to Record Spotify with TunesKit

Q: It's too hard for me, is there an easier way?

Although the above is called "Quick Guide" for record Spotify using Audacity, it's actually quite complicated especially if you're not familiar with those audio technical terms. Is there a quicker method to get the original Spotify tracks without using Audacity?

The answer is yes. TunesKit Spotify Music Converter is designed to convert Spotify Ogg Vorbis into MP3, FLAC, AAC, WAV, M4A, M4B with no quality loss. It is dedicated to help users download songs at 5X speed out of Spotify to their personal device in 3 simple steps and make these songs available to be play on any music player.

It is also featured to better suit users' needs to allow users to customize their own output preferences.

6 types of output format: MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV, FLAC

6 options of sample rate: from 8000 Hz to 48000 Hz

14 options of bitrate: from 8kbps to 320kbps

2 output channels

2 conversion speed: 5X(default) or 1X

3 ways to archive output tracks: by artists, by artists/album, by none

*This tool can be run perfectly both on Windows and Mac system

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TunesKit Spotify Music Converter Key Features

  • Extract Mp3 from Spotify for adding Spotify music to multiple devices
  • Download and convert Spotify songs, playlists, artists, and albums
  • Support the input format of various video editing programs on online
  • Work at 5× faster speed and preserve lossless quality audio and ID3 tags
  • Convert Spotify songs, artists, album, and playlist to common audio formats
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1 Add Spotify music tracks to TunesKit

add spotify tracks to tuneskit

Launch TunesKit Spotify Music Converter and then the Spotify app will be pulled up automatically. Drag and drop the audio tracks to TunesKit interface, they'll be automatically uploaded.

2 Setting output format and parameters

set output format

Once completed loading input files, you can click the "Format" button in the bottom left and choose the output format among MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A, and M4B. You can also click the "Output" button and choose the output location.

3 Start converting

downloading spotify music

With format setting done, press the "Convert" button and TunesKit will start the conversion process. When it is done, you can find all your converted songs by clicking the "Converted" button. And then you can put them and play them anywhere you want.

Video Tutorial: How to Record Spotify Music

The Bottom Line

Of course you can't go wrong with the free Audacity software to record Spotify music, but if you're a rookie to professional audio editor and recorder, you could probably go wrong though. While the TunesKit Spotify Music Converter provides an ultra-fast method to help you complete downloading music from Spotify, just go and give it a try, you'll find the best way for yourself.

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