Spotify is one of the biggest streaming services in the world, and not only allows you to listen to millions of tracks on the go, it also lets you download music for offline listening too. This service is available to Spotify premium customers for £9.99 per month, and the app is available on iOS, Android, Mac and PC.
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How to download music from Spotify: Download Spotify and get Spotify Premium
If you're looking to get Spotify, you can grab it for free from their website. Alternatively you can grab it for free on the Play Store if you're on Android or the App Store if you've got an iOS device.
Once you've downloaded the app or installed the program, you can freely use Spotify. However, if you're looking to legally download music from Spotify, you should subscribe to Spotify Premium. You can trial the service free for 30 days, and then start paying the £9.99 subscription charge per month afterwards.
Once you've got Premium, you'll be able to download and listen to music offline. We'll go through the desktop and mobile platform. Also read: Spotify Free vs Premium.
How to download music from Spotify: Listen offline on desktop
On your Mac or PC, sign into your account and navigate to your playlists or library.
If you've not added music yet, simply find some songs you like and right-click on them to add them to your library or playlist. Alternatively, press on the small three dots next to the right-hand side of the song, in order to be given the option to add it.
Navigate to your library and playlist and you'll be able to see a toggle to listen to the songs offline: 'Available Offline'.
Once you toggle the option, Spotify will make those songs available offline, where it downloads the songs and enables you to listen to them whenever you want. You'll be able to see the songs being downloaded with a circular symbol indicating the download process. Once it's complete, it will be replaced by a downward-facing green arrow.
Finally, if you want to force Spotify to go offline, navigate to File at the top left-hand side of the program and click on the 'Offline Mode' option.
How to download music from Spotify: Listen offline on iOS and Android
Once you've downloaded the app, make sure you're initially connected to the internet.
Within the app navigate to a song you like or an album and you'll see the 'Download' toggle at the top of the playlist. Once you select the option, you'll be able to download your songs.
Remember you'll need to have Spotify Premium for this service and that you'll initially need internet connectivity. If you're using the service over cellular, make sure you've got enough data to support your downloads.
Once you've downloaded the songs you wish to listen to offline, you can enable Offline mode by navigating to your settings, which is found on the left-hand menu.
Toggle 'Offline' at the top of the settings menu and you'll then be able to listen to your downloaded songs no matter if you're connected to the internet or not.
Remember that downloading songs can take up your smartphone's storage space, so ensure you've got enough before downloading multiple albums.
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