This guide is the hardcore audacity tutorial for ripping music from Spotify. it is the least automatic way of ripping music from Spotify. Audacity works great on most systems and you have to do the file splitting and name all the files manually. With Audacity being a free audio editor and recorder,the quality is great!
You can download Audacity here.
- Ripping music with Audacity is a bit harder and takes a bit more effort then ripping with the other applications. You have to split the tracks, name them and save them manually. Using Audacity is only worth it if you only want to rip a song or two. Otherwise i would recommend Replay Music or Spotify Ripper.
- Let’s start off by launching Audacity. Now change the input using the drop down menu in the top/center. Change it to Wave, What-U-Hear, Stereomix or something similar. This option varies from soundcard to soundcard. Now set the input volume to 0.5.
- Go to “Edit/Preferences”. If needed change “Channels” to “2 (Stereo)”. Now close preferences.
- Now go into Spotify and find the playlist or album you want to rip.
- Go back to Audacity and press the record button (Shown in screenshot below).
- Now start the playback in Spotify, and let it play until it has played all the tracks you want to rip. And be aware that any background noise from other applications running on your computer will also be recorded by Audacity. So turn the sound of any applications that might make a sound while ripping.
- When the playlist has finished, stop the recording by pressing the stop button(Shown in screenshot below).
- Now its time to split and name the files. Were going to do this by adding markers in Audacity so that Audacity knows where the start of each song is and how it should be named. Add a marker att the beginning of each song by pressing “Ctrl+B” where the song starts. If you press a marker you can name it. The name of the marker will then be the name of the track on your computer. Redo this step all the way through the file.
- Now go to “File/Export Mutiple/”. Change the export format to WAV. If you want to save directly to mp3 you need to download and install the free lame mp3 codec. Otherwise you can just save them as WAV files and then convert them to mp3 with a standalone application. If you want, you can change were the files are placed by changing the “Export Location”. I got mine set to “My Music”.
- Now press “Export”. This may take a minute to finish.
- Now your done! You can now find your ripped music in the folder you specified when exporting the tracks.