Technology Spotify: Download music offline from playlists in the mobile or desktop app. Here's how
Spotify subscribers surge past 150 million
The service now boasts 345M total monthly active usersHowever, despite the growth in listeners, The Wall Street Journal notes that the average revenue per user fell by 8 percent to €4.26 (around $5.13) compared to a year ago. That’s because of the discounted plans used to lure in new subscribers, and the lower prices it charges in markets like Russia and India. Ad revenue was up, however, accounting for 13 percent of revenue despite historically bringing in less than 10 percent.
Last week, to work more like the mobile versions, making the music streaming service easier to use across platforms. In addition to the fresh look, Spotify now offers more control for desktop and web users, namely easier playlist creation with the ability to drag and drop tracks. Desktop and web users can also now write playlist descriptions and add cover images, the same way you'd do on mobile.
Perhaps one of the biggest updates arrives for -- the ability to download tracks to a computer with its desktop app. This was already available for the mobile app, but now laptop and desktop users can also enjoy downloaded music while offline.
Here's how to download Spotify music on both the mobile and desktop apps.
How to download music in the Spotify mobile app
In case you didn't know this could be done on mobile, it's easy. Build a new playlist by going to your Library tab and tapping Create Playlist. Name your playlist and start adding songs. No matter if you've got just one song or a dozen, just toggle Download in the mobile app. A little green arrow will appear next to each song.
Spotify rolls out its own hands-free voice assistant on iOS and Android
Spotify users on iOS and Android have another way to quickly play something. The audio streaming service has an in-app voice assistant you can operate hands free, building on the existing voice search function. After saying the "Hey, Spotify" wake word, you can ask the app to fire up a song or playlist or play music from a certain artist. You'll need to grant Spotify permission to access your microphone if you want to use the feature, which you can switch on from the voice interactions section of the menu.
But where do you find the downloads once you've got them? Go back to your Library tab and swipe your finger down on the screen -- a little search bar should pop up. Tap Filters, choose Downloads, and then choose how you want Spotify to sort your download (by song, artist, etc.). Now you should see any and all songs you've downloaded that you can now listen to offline.
How to download music in the Spotify desktop app
Downloading music with the Spotify desktop or web app is essentially the same as using the mobile app. Unfortunately, you can't download solely using the web player in a browser, but downloading the desktop app is free.
- Open the Spotify desktop app (if you haven't downloaded it already, go ahead and do so from the app store of your choice).
- Build your playlist. You can do this by clicking a song> Add to Playlist. From there, add it to an existing playlist or choose New Playlist to start from scratch.
- Open your playlist (if you closed out of it while searching for songs) and toggle on Download.
- After it's completed, you'll see a little green arrow next to the downloaded playlist in the left-hand panel. The little green arrow indicates that the playlist is available offline -- no need to go through filters like on mobile.
- If you no longer want the playlist or songs available offline, simply toggle Download off.
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Musicians Ask Spotify to Promise It'll Never Use Its Creepy Speech-Recognition Patent .
Earlier this year, Spotify was granted a patent for speech-recognition tech that could potentially recommend music based on your “emotional state, gender, age, or accent.” Now, a coalition of more than 180 artists and human rights organizations has written Spotify a letter asking the company to publicly commit to abandoning the dystopian technology. © Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP (Getty Images) Spotify's logo on a device The letter, which is addressed to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, demands that the music streaming company publicly declare it will “never use, license, sell, or monetize the recommendation technology.