So I got Spotify Premium recently, I love it however I hate the Spotify desktop client. The web browser is fine but that doesn't work when I am offline. Can I use VLC to listen to my offline playlists?
There are some reasons for us to want to play music from Spotify on VLC like the one described above. If you also meet such a problem in adding Spotify offline songs or playlists to VLC for playback, you can follow this article to find out the best solution to easily transfer and play Spotify music on VLC.
“VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.” It is the most stable, flexible and lightweight audio and video player with the most complete feature-set over the video, subtitle synchronisation, video and audio filters. Also, you can use VLC media player to preview files you are downloading since it plays incomplete parts of video files. And it is not just for video playback however. It also offers superb integration with video channel streaming services such as Channels.com giving you access to channels such as ESPN, Reuters and National Geographic.
VLC supports to play almost all formats:
Video format: MPEG-1/2, DivX® (1/2/3/4/5/6), MPEG-4 ASP, XviD, 3ivX D4, H.261, H.263 / H.263i, H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC, Cinepak, Theora, Dirac / VC-2, MJPEG (A/B), WMV 1/2, WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1, Sorenson 1/3, DV, On2 VP3/VP5/VP6, Indeo Video v3 (IV32), Real Video (1/2/3/4).
Audio format. MPEG Layer 1/2, MP3 - MPEG Layer 3, AAC - MPEG-4 part3, Vorbis, AC3 - A/52, E-AC-3, MLP / TrueHD>3, DTS, WMA 1/2, WMA 3, FLAC, ALAC, Speex, Musepack / MPC, ATRAC 3, Wavpack, Mod, TrueAudio, APE, Real Audio, Alaw/µlaw, AMR (3GPP), MIDI, LPCM, ADPCM, QCELP, DV Audio, QDM2/QDMC, MACE.
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VLC media player supports to play audio with almost all formats, but this does not extend to the streaming music, like Spotify music. Because each of Spotify music are protected by DRM, even the paid users (Premium and Family users) can’t take the downloaded Spotify albums and playlists outside of Spotify client for playback. So to play Spotify music on VLC, you need record Spotify music to get the DRM-free version.
NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter is an excellent Spotify music downloading and converting tool, which can help you record Spotify music, download music from Spotify for free easily, and convert them to MP3, AAC, FLAC or WAV with 100% original quality. The following is a detailed tutorial about how to play Spotify music on VLC. Please download this useful tool on your computer first before getting started.
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 the Setting button on the top-right to choose output format. In Convert settings, you can choose output format (MP3, AAC, FLAC or WAV), output quality (High 320kbps, Medium 256kbps, Low 128kbps). In the output settings, you could change the output folder as you prefer.
When finish customization, click "Convert" button to start downloading. After downloading, you can get offline Spotify music, and stream them on VLC or Windows Media Player as you want.
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