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How to Convert Spotify Music to Unprotected AAC Format

Updated on: July 21, 2024
Category: Spotify Tips

Is this possible to extract the unprotected AAC files from Spotify? I’m a Spotify Free account holder, and I want to save my favorite songs locally in my computer. Is there any way to convert them to unprotected AAC format?

As the largest platform of online music streaming service, Spotify had more than 615 million active users and about 239 million paid users. However, like Apple Music, Spotify also adds protection on the streaming music, which prevents users from extracting the AAC files from Spotify so that the subscribers can't play those songs on AAC compatibale player. Here this article will briefly introduce Spotify and AAC format, and provide a useful way to convert Spotify music to unprotected AAC format.

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Spotify makes its revenues by selling premium streaming subscriptions to users and advertising placements to third parties. The advertising is mainly slotted in the process of listening to the music of Free users. And except this, the Free users only can choose shuffle play to stream music, and are not allowed to unlimited skip during the listening, can’t listen offline and play any track as they want, and so on.

Spotify Premium or Family subscribers may not have as many limits to enjoy tracks as Free users, but if they really love an album or playlist, and want to convert Spotify music to AAC format for freely enjoying, they will also be limited by DRM. All of Spotify music is protected content from record labels and media companies, which restricts digital tracks from being transferred to many devices for enjoying, such as AAC compatible music player, MP3 player, burn to a CD.

1. What is AAC Format?

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The full name of AAC is Advanced Audio Coding; it is an audio coding standard for lossy digital audio compression. It is designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, but AAC generally achieves better sound quality than MP3 at similar bit rates. AAC is also supported by many devices, such as Nokia, BlackBerry, iPhone, and even is the default or standard audio format for YouTube. Is there any way to rip AAC from Spotify, so that users can save their favorite songs on their computer, and stream them in many devices as they want?

There is a well-designed program that can make it happen. NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter perfectly helps you convert Spotify music to plain AAC, MP3 or WAV. In this way, users can enjoy any Spotify songs on any of your devices offline, including car players, AAC compatible music player, and iPhone and so on. The following is a detailed tutorial about how to extract the AAC file from Spotify. Please download this useful tool on your Mac computer first before getting started.

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Features of NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter:
  • Convert Spotify music to MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC.
  • Record songs at 10X faster speed with 100% lossless quality;
  • Upload converted Spotify music to iTunes/Music directly.
  • Keep ID3 tags & lyric after conversion;
  • Burn Spotify music to CD easily.
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2. Tutorial on How to Rip Spotify Music to AAC Format

Note: If you are a Windows user, please refer to How to Download Music from Spotify to Windows PC for detailed steps.

1 Download and launch NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter

Please download and then install the latest version of NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter. After that, click to launch this powerful Spotify music converting tool. Please choose to download songs from the "Spotify Web Player" download mode.

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2 Set "AAC" as Output Preference

Click the setting button on the bottom left interface to set output format, output quality, and output path. AAC, MP3, WAV, FLAC are available to choose, please choose AAC as the output format.

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3Add Spotify Songs or Playlists

Select "Spotify Web Player" in the previously step and Spotify web player would be opened automatically. Choose the Spotify playlist you would like to convert from Spotify to NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter, and click "Add".

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4 Convert Spotify music for freely enjoying

After the above setting, click the "Convert" button the start converting Spotify music to AAC format. After converting, the output folder will open automatically. Or you can click the "Converted" button on the left side of the interface to find the unprotected AAC format music. Now you can enjoy them freely on all of the devices that support AAC format as you want.

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The free trial version of NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter enables you to convert the first 1 minute of each song. You can buy the full version to convert the full music.

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