When using computers, we use external devices such as USB flash drive, USB hard disk, and SD card a lot. These devices make it easy to share and back up music files between desktops and laptops, and between Windows and Mac. In addition, you can easily enjoy music in your car by using USB drive, audio CD, etc. Many users are familiar with USB flash drives because they are easy to carry around and can store a lot of files. Also, even if you don't have an internet connection temporarily, you can transfer and share files by using a USB flash drive. USB drives have become an integral part of our digital lives.
Nowadays, people mainly use streaming music services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music to listen to songs. We can listen to millions of songs for much less money than the old digital way of buying and downloading songs. So, is it possible to download Spotify songs to USB drive for offline playback on other devices and other places like the old way?
It's not so easy with any streaming music services including Spotify because they are totally different. However, most Spotify users can't resist the over 100 million songs offered by Spotify because Spotify knows how to attract users' attention. Therefore, many users are looking for a way to store Spotify songs on a USB drive to share and play them elsewhere, such as in the car.
We know that the function of downloading songs for offline playback is not available for Spotify Free users. However, even Spotify Premium users cannot download Spotify songs to USB drive. Downloaded Spotify songs are protected cache files, so it is meaningless even if you can save them to your USB drive. It is unlikely that other devices will be able to recognize and decipher them. In this article, we will introduce how to convert Spotify songs to MP3/M4A/WAV and then copy and save them to USB flash drive for different purposes.
Spotify Free users can't even download songs, so the purpose of saving Spotify songs to a USB drive with Spotify Free is out of the question. Spotify Premium users can download Spotify songs to a local folder on their computer for offline playback. However, the downloaded Spotify songs are not MP3, M4A, WAV, etc. audio files. Spotify songs are just cache files with DRM protection to protect your music from unauthorized access and playback. There are many devices that Spotify supports, but the downloaded songs from Spotify can be only played within the Spotify app. By the way, if you use Spotify web player, even Spotify Premium users can't download the songs and need to stream them online.
If you access the storage location of the downloaded songs and copy the songs to USB memory, it is useless. This is because Spotify songs are encrypted, denying access from other apps and devices.
So even paid users can't transfer songs unless you decrypt Spotify songs and convert to common audio format. After doing that, you are not limited to playing them on your computer. Most users copy and save songs to other devices such as USB drive, SD card, MP3 player, etc. to enjoy music in different occasions. For example, the songs on your USB drive can be played in your car, PS4/PS5, Xbox, etc.
You may ask how to save Spotify songs to USB flash drive? With the help of professional Spotify Music Converter below, you can easily solve the problem that Spotify songs cannot be copied or saved to USB drive.
AudGeek SpotiTune Converter is a powerful and easy-to-use Spotify music converter that allows you to convert Spotify songs, albums and playlists to MP3, M4A, WAV, AIFF, etc. in just a few clicks. It comes with an intuitive and user-friendly interface, fast conversion speed, high quality output, rich features and flexible options. After converting Spotify songs, you can copy them to your USB drive for different purposes.
AudGeek SpotiTune Converter is an ideal solution to save Spotify songs to USB drive. You can copy the output files to USB Drive and use it on cars, Xbox consoles, PS4/PS5 consoles and more.
Before purchasing, we highly recommend you download the free trial version to have a test first. The free trial version can only convert 3 files at a time and can only convert 3 minutes for each file. If you are satisfied with the features and output files, you can purchase a license to get a registration code, and unlock the limitations and enjoy all wonderful features.
AudGeek SpotiTune Converter comes with a built-in web player which can help you convert your favorite Spotify songs, albums and playlists to all-purpose MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, etc. in just a few steps. Follow the steps below to convert Spotify music and copy them to your USB drive. After saving the Spotify songs on USB drive, you can freely play them on cars, Xbox consoles, PS4/PS5 consoles, etc. from a USB drive.
Launch AudGeek SpotiTune Converter after installing it, and you will see a built-in Spotify web player and "Log in" button as well as hint message at the upper right corner. Click "Log in" button to enter your Spotify account and password. If necessary, you can remember your account so that you don't need to log in your account again next time.
AudGeek SpotiTune Converter can convert Spotify songs to MP3, M4A, WAV, etc. with either Spotify Free or Spotify Premium account. So you don't have to join Spotify Premium in order to save the Spotify songs on USB drive.
AudGeek SpotiTune Converter offers MP3, AAC (M4A), AIFF, WAV, FLAC and AUTO option as output formats. By default the AUTO option is used which is actually 256kbps M4A. You can choose the most suitable output format according to where you want to use the USB drive. To change the output format, you need to click the gear icon at the upper right corner of software interface to open the "Settings" dialog. To play the Spotify songs from USB drive on PS4, PS5, Xbox or car, it's recommended to use MP3 format.
In "Settings" dialog, you can choose output folder, set the way of renaming the songs, choose a way to sort the output files and what to do after conversion.
Note: If you want to locate the output files after conversion and start to copy them to your USB drive quickly, you can select "Open the output folder" in "After conversion" list.
Go back to built-in Spotify web player, open detailed page of your favorite album or playlist, and click "Add to List" button in the middle right, then all the songs in the album or playlist will be added to conversion list.
By default, all songs will be checked and you can check title, artist, album, duration and artwork. If there are some songs you don't want to convert, simply uncheck them. After choosing the songs, simply click "Convert" button to start conversion. The Spotify music converter can convert Spotify songs at 20X faster conversion speed, so you will get the output files in a short time.
After inserting the well-prepared USB drive into the USB port of the computer, it will be displayed as a removable device and can be accessed from Windows Explorer or Mac Finder. Now you can copy the converted Spotify songs from the output destination and paste them to USB drive to achieve the purpose of copying and saving Spotify songs to USB drive.
However, you need to pay attention to the USB file system and music storage destination depending on the OS of the computer you use and the device where you want to use the USB drive on.
1. USB file system
In Windows, USB drives are often formatted with file systems such as FAT32, NTFS, exFAT, etc. For Mac, it is often formatted as HFS+, exFAT or APFS. If you are using a USB drive with the NTFS file system, you can read the contents of the USB drive on your Mac, but you cannot write or copy files into it. If you're using the USB drive on Mac and formatted it to APFS or HFS+ file system, Windows won't even be able to read the contents of the USB drive. If it's FAT32 or exFAT, both Windows and Mac can read and write files. exFAT also has many advantages over FAT32. So the best USB file system is exFAT.
Car, Xbox, PS4, PS5, etc. support FAT32 and exFAT file systems. To play music from USB drive in car, Xbox, PS4, PS5, etc., it is better to format the file system of USB drive to FAT32 or exFAT in advance. Formatting a USB drive will erase all the data in it. Before formatting the USB drive, please check whether it is necessary to back up the data first.
2. Music Destination
After you copy the converted Spotify songs to your USB drive, you can use and play them on many devices. However, in some devices such as cars, PS4 and PS5, you may not be able to play the music saved in the USB drive unless the songs are saved in the Music folder. Please check in advance whether there is a request for the storage destination of the music. It would be safe to save the songs in the Music folder.
Cars, all generations of Xbox，PS4 and PS5, etc. have a USB port at least, so you can play Spotify songs save in the USB drive in the car, Xbox or PS4/PS5 through the USB drive After the Spotify MP3 conversion is completed with the above method, you can copy the songs to the Music folder of your USB drive. If there is no Music folder, you need to create it in advance.
Here we will show you the steps of how to play Spotify songs from USB drive in your car. It's quite simple.
Step 1: Plug the USB memory into your car's USB port to connect it to your car.
Step 2: Start browsing files on your USB drive on your car display.
Step 3: Select the Music folder and play Spotify songs with your media player.
Here, we will show you the steps of how to play Spotify songs from USB drive on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X.
Step 1: Plug your USB drive into the Xbox USB port to connect it to your Xbox.
Step 2: Press the Guide button on your controller.
Step 3: For Xbox 360, go to Media, then select Music Player. On other generations of Xbox, select "Media Player".
Step 4: Select your USB drive and select a song to play.
Here, we will show you the steps of how to play Spotify songs from USB drive on PS4. Please note that you need to copy the songs to the Music folder of your USB drive.
Step 1: Plug your USB flash drive into the PS4's USB port to connect it to your PS4.
Step 2: In the content area, select Library.
Step 3: Select "Music Player". If "Music Player" is diaplayed on home screen, you don't have to follow step 2. You can skip it and directly launch "Music Player" from home screen.
Step 4: Select a song from your USB drive and play it. To play all the music in a folder, you need to select the folder, press the OPTIONS button and select "play".
Here, we will show you the steps of how to play Spotify songs from USB drive on PS5. Please note that you need to copy the songs to the Music folder of your USB drive.
Step 1: Plug your USB drive into the PS5's USB port to connect it to your PS5.
Step 2: In the Control Center, select Music. The USB drive connected to the playlist will be displayed.
Step 3: Select your USB drive and select a song to play.
Now, you can enjoy the converted Spotify songs in your car, Xbox, PS4 and PS5 with the help of your USB drive.
Due to DRM protection, Spotify songs downloaded from Spotify Premium cannot be copied or saved to USB drive. However, with AudGeek SpotiTune Converter, Spotify songs can be converted to MP3, M4A, WAV, etc., which you can easily copy to USB drive and enjoy on many devices such as car, PS4, Xbox, PS4 and PS5. Moreover, Spotify Free users can also save Spotify songs to USB drive with ease.
If you are using Spotify music service and you want to save your favorite Spotify songs on USB drive for different purposes, please do not hesitate to download AudGeek SpotiTune Converter to have a try.