The following guide to spotify rips europe`s amazing music service for non-windows users in and out of the USA.
The easiest way to rip music from Spotify with or using Apple`s Mac OSX is by using Audio Hijack Pro. It won’t do the naming or splitting for you but will give you nice clean rips in good quality. Audio Hijack Pro costs ~$30 but can be used for free but the free version is limited to 10 minutes of ripping. So if you just want to rip a few song at a time the free version will be fine.
Click here to download a trial version or buy Audio Hijack Pro.
Using Audio Hijack Pro to rip from Spotify:
- I assume you’ve installed Audio Hijack Pro by now so lets start ripping!
- Start Audio Hijack Pro and click the + sign in the bottom left corner. This will add a new profile to Audio Hijack.
- Now start Spotify. Go back to your new profile in Audio Hijack pro and go the the “Input” tab. Press “Select” and then choose “Spotify”.
- Now press “Hijack”. This will make Audio Hijack Pro plug directly into Spotify so that it only picks up sound from Spotify when ripping. At this point Audio Hijack Pro may ask you to restart Spotify. Just press “Quit and restart” and Audio Hijack Will restart Spotify for you.
- Now press “Record”. Then switch back to Spotify and start the playback of the song or playlist you want to rip. If you are ripping several tracks in a row you need to press “Split” in Audio Hijack Pro at the end of each song for a new recording to begin. This way you get a separate file for every track. If you prefer to split the tracks later you need to use a separate audio editor like Audacity to split and name the tracks. I will tell you how to do this in a minute.
- Now thats it. You can find your ripped tracks by pressing “Recording Bin” in Audio Hijack Pro or in the directory “Music/Audio Hijack Pro/”. At the moment your files will be named “Spotify +Date ripped”. If you want to rename them you have to go to the file in finder and rename it their. If you wan´t to split your tracks with Audacity please read on.
- Now its time to split our recordings into separate tracks using Audacity. This step is only neccesary if you didn’t use Audio Hijack´s integrated splitting function. You can download Audacity for free here. The screenshots in this part will be from Windows but Audacity looks the same on both OSX and Windows so you should be able to follow just fine.
- Lets start of 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 “Apple(⌘)+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 “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.