As copyright and intellectual property protection is getting more and more attention, it's becoming much more difficult for us to find a reliable source to download free music on a computer now. Since the late-2000s, the trend in media consumption has changed from digital downloads to online streaming services, featuring with DRM, short for Digital Rights Management, a set of access control technologies stopping users from copying and distributing digital contents.
Among the streaming music services, Spotify, with 180 million monthly active users, is the most popular one. It offers three types of subscriptions – Spotify Free, Spotify Premium ($9.99 per month) and Spotify Family ($14.99 per month). Spotify Free users are enabled to listen to songs on demand, discover new music, play and share music, playlist, album and more, while Spotify offline listening mode and some other features are limited to paid subscribers.
If you want to stream free music for listening, Spotify Free is a perfect choice. But if you’d like to download songs from the streaming music service to your local computer, an efficient Spotify downloader is required. In this article, we are going to apply the most popular one – NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter to show you how to get music downloaded from Spotify Free on a local computer so that you can enjoy free songs freely.
NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter is a professional Spotify downloader which is able to bypass the DRM of Spotify and convert Spotify songs to MP3, AAC, WAV or FLAC format at fast speed with lossless quality after conversion. Here are the key features of the program:
NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter supports both Windows and Mac OS. Here we take the Windows version as an example. For Mac users, please refer to How to Download Music from Spotify Free to Mac for detailed steps.
Launch Spotify Music Converter for Windows. Click "+" button, then you will see a pop-up window which indicates you to copy and paste the playlist link from Spotify. You can copy and paste the link on the URL window and click "Parse". Then you can click "OK" to finish adding tracks.
Click "Settings" button on the upper right. Here you can choose output format (MP3, AAC, FLAC or WAV), output quality (High 320kbps, Medium 256kbps, Low 128kbps), conversion speed as well as output path.
Click "Convert" button to start exporting the Spotify songs to your local computer. Once the conversion is done, all the Spotify songs you chose in Step 2 will have already been converted and downloaded to the output folder you set in previous step.
By clicking the "Converted" button (like a clock) on the left side or directly going to the output folder you customized in Step 2, you can find all the downloaded free songs.
Note: The free trial version of NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter enables us to convert the first 3 minutes of each song. You can buy the full version to unlock the limitation.
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