There are many music streaming services in the world, each with their own appeal – in terms of appearance, artists featured, or even specific to their operating systems. If you are using multiple operating systems, you may find yourself using multiple sources for your music streaming needs. Some apps easily extend across these different platforms and in some cases may require a new license. The majority of them also require an internet connection to access with limited support for offline use when it comes to covering all of your devices. Spotify is now one of the leading music streaming services in the world with around 200 million monthly active users. The service is also available for download on multiple platforms and devices, but it has limitations. This is where third-party applications come in. TunesKit Music Converter for Spotify is one such software application that makes it easy to download your playlists for offline use.
TunesKit Music Converter for Spotify (TunesKit) is a software package that has been around for some time. It is one of the leading software suites that allow users to download their Spotify playlists directly to your PC, be it Windows or Mac OS. The installation is very simple, the only real decision to be made is where to install the program, which you can just leave as default.
Learning to use the software is almost as easy. The user interface makes it easy to overcome any learning curve, if any. When you first open the software, the user interface is pretty blank, with only a few options to choose from. Users will be prompted to install the Spotify app on their PC if they haven’t already done so. If Spotify is already installed, it will automatically open whenever TunesKit is running, both opening within seconds. When you close TunesKit, Spotify itself also quits. The software will not work without installing Spotify, which is a key part, even if you can access the service through your web browser. Interestingly, you don’t need to be logged into Spotify for this to work, which means the TunesKit software only retrieves the app’s information, such as META information, rather than using it for the downloads themselves.
At the top of the user interface, there is a “burger menu” in the Windows taskbar, next to the standard minimize, expand, and close buttons. Once selected, users can adjust software settings, which I will cover later. Underneath there is a text bar where users can enter their playlist directory so that the software knows where to get the information. You can either copy this link directly from the Spotify app or through your browser, but TunesKit makes this step even easier by allowing users to drag and drop their playlists from Spotify to the UI and it converts it automatically. to a usable URL. In the center of the tool, you will notice a large open area, which will fill in once you copy your playlist to the software. The information displayed here shows the song or album cover, artist, and song name. Further to the right, additional information is displayed, such as the length of the song and then the format that the user chose to convert when recording. (More on this later). The space on the far right is used to display the conversion percentage once you choose to start the process.
At the bottom of the user interface, there is another toolbar, which shows where the files will be saved (as a home folder), as well as the buttons to select those folders. And finally, there is the convert button. It’s pretty self-explanatory, which starts the whole conversion process once you have selected the settings you want.
The Settings menu is also very simple, like the rest of the software. The General tab simply displays your software license information, or if you are using a trial version, it will have links to purchasing the full software to unlock. By using the trial version, users are limited to converting only one minute per song. In the Convert tab, here you can choose the audio format and other settings related to the conversion. Audio formats include MP3, M4A, M4B, AAC, WAV, and FLAC, each with their own settings. Other parameters include sample rate, channels, and bit rate. You can choose to store music sorted by artist, album, or none. It doesn’t really help when it comes to sorting your playlist as it doesn’t retain that information when copied. This is one of the only negative points of the software.
The whole process, from installation to setup and conversion, is pretty quick. Each song takes between 10 and 30 seconds to convert and save to your PC, depending on the length of the song. You can download the software, install it, configure it, and download a full playlist in five minutes. It’s also easy to use and quick to convert, regardless of your audio format. Overall, the TunesKit Music Converter for Spotify is a very good converter tool, allowing all users to take their music playlists offline for later use. You can download the trial version or purchase the full software through the online shop.
TunesKit Music Converter for Spotify
- Wide variety of audio formats – eg MP3, FLAC, AAC
- Easy to learn and use
- Keeps Spotify META information
- Does not maintain the structure of the playlist
Revision of distribution
Ease of learning
Ease of use
Value for money