How to Easily Play Spotify Songs on VLC Media Player

Posted by Adam Gorden on April 10, 2018 10:14:03 AM.
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VLC is a well known open-source media player that supports playing almost all kinds of media formats on computer as well as mobile devices. Therefore, it's favored by most of us as the best media player to play music or movies offline on any device.

Take Spotify subscribers as an example. By viewing the discussions in Spotify community, we can find a large number of Spotify users are seeking for the ways to play Spotify songs on VLC either because they don't like Spotify client or Spotify web player doesn't support playing music offline. However, when we are trying to stream the downloaded songs from Spotify to VLC, we'll be alerted that Spotify songs are not supported by VLC. Why?

Here we'll dig deeper on this topic in order to find out the reason as well as provide a workaround for you to easily stream Spotify songs to VLC for offline playing.

Part 1. Why We Can't Play Spotify Music with VLC

First of all, we should figure out the compatibility between Spotify and VLC. In other words, does VLC support Spotify music format? With a further search, we can see the format of Spotify songs is OGG Vorbis which is absolutely listed in VLC's compatible formats. But why VLC can't play Spotify songs as expected?

In fact, that's caused by something called DRM, a technology used by the digital content providers to protect the copyright of the items. It's applied to Spotify songs so that we are not allowed to transfer the protected tracks to VLC and other non-Spotify media players even if you are using the premium account of Spotify.

Part 2. TunesKit Spotify Converter - Remove DRM from Spotify Songs

To remove DRM from Spotify music so as to play the songs on VLC, you'll need the help of a third-party software, that is, TunesKit Spotify Music Converter. It's specially developed to help Spotify users, including free and paid subscribers to easily download and convert the Spotify songs and playlists to a more commonly used format, such as MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, etc. Best of all, it's able to preserve the original music quality and ID3 tags, including cover, title, date, album, etc.

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Part 3. Steps to Convert Spotify Playlists to VLC Supported Formats

Now simply follow these steps to learn how to use TunesKit Spotify Music Converter to download and convert Spotify songs from OGG to DRM-free MP3 or other VLC compatible formats.

Step 1Install and launch TunesKit Music Converter for Spotify

tuneskit spotify converter main screen

After installing the free trial version of TunesKit Spotify Music Converter on your Mac or PC, click the program icon to launch it. Then it will load Spotify app automatically.

Step 2Add Spotify songs to TunesKit

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You can either drag & drop any music track or playlist or album from Spotify app into TunesKit window, or paste the track link to the search box of TunesKit to add the files.

Step 3Customize output preferences

set output format

Navigate to the top right menu bar and click Preferences. In the popup window, select the output format and set other parameters as you like, such as bit rate, sample rate, conversion speed, output directory, etc. To make the Spotify songs playable on VLC, you are suggested to set the output format as MP3.

Step 4Start downloading and converting Spotify music

convert spotify songs

Click the Convert button at the bottom right and TunesKit will begin to download the Spotify songs while removing the DRM. When the conversion is done, you can load the converted Spotify songs or playlists by clicking the history icon.

Step 5Play Spotify songs with VLC

Now run VLC Media Player on your computer and click Open File or Open Folder to add the converted Spotify songs to play.

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