Most people would agree that not only the era of buying CDs is over but even buying individuals songs or albums digitally. Why spend $9.99 on an album when you can get a nearly unlimited amount of music streamed to all of your devices for the same price?
No wonder music streaming services are booming. There's Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, TIDAL, SoundCloud, and more. But, by far, the biggest player in this industry today is Spotify, which is available in over 90 countries and boasts a sizable library of 60 million songs.
So how to play Spotify on Mac? How to download Spotify on Mac? How to update Spotify on Mac? How to download music from Spotify? You can find answers to all these questions and more in our handy guide below.
Why use Spotify for Mac
Spotify has a lot of things going for it. The library of songs is enormous and updated daily with all the new releases. Since the service has signed agreements with every major label, you can find any songs or albums pretty much since the start of music recording, from the Beatles to Lil Wayne.
If you're not sure what music to play, Spotify makes it easy too, suggesting you radio, playlists, charts, new releases, and more — all based on your preferences. The more you listen the more accurately Spotify identifies what else you might be interested in.
The Spotify app for Mac also connects you to your Facebook friends, so you can see what others are listening to and discover new music that way. Besides, Spotify has by now become a powerful player in the podcast world, featuring lots of exclusives, such as Joe Rogan Experience and The Michelle Obama Podcast.
Can you download music from Spotify? Of course! You can download Spotify songs, albums, playlists, and podcasts until you run out of storage space on your device. For the app itself, you can get a Spotify download for Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows.
Let’s see how to download Spotify on Mac, in particular.
How to download Spotify on Mac
While Spotify has a web app for online listening, there are quite a few reasons to actually get a Spotify download for Mac instead, the most important of which is the ability to download Spotify songs for offline listening.
Here’s how you can download Spotify for Mac:
- Visit spotify.com
- Click Download in the top menu
- In the pop-up bar, click Allow for the Spotify download to start
- In your Downloads folder, unzip the Spotify installer
- Double-click on the installation file and go through the process
Now you can access Spotify from your Applications folder like any other app and even put it in your Dock.
In the rare case you find that Spotify won't open on Mac, put the current version in the Trash and simply download a new one from the website, repeating the process above.
Tips for using Spotify on Mac
Once you get the Spotify app for Mac, using it is rather intuitive. But there are some tricks. For example, you can’t download Spotify songs and albums directly, but you can download playlists. So you need to either add albums and songs to specific playlists (you can create as many as you want) or you can like songs using the heart icon and then download the automatic Liked Songs playlist. To download, just switch the Download toggle above any playlist.
Since Spotify tends to launch every time you turn on your Mac, a lot of people wonder how to stop Spotify from opening on startup Mac. To do so:
- Go to Spotify Preferences (⌘ + ,)
- Scroll all the way down and click Show Advanced Settings
- Find Startup and Window Behavior and switch the dropdown to No
Another must-use feature is the Spotify equalizer Mac usually ignores by default. In the same Preferences menu, find Normalize Volume under the Music Quality section and toggle it on. Now all songs will be of the same volume, and you won’t have to adjust your speakers for every track.
Finally, not only can you playback Spotify on Mac, you can connect it to over 2,000 devices, such as smart speakers, TVs, gaming consoles, etc. To do that, make sure your devices are using the same WiFi network and then use the Devices Available menu at the bottom panel of your Spotify to connect them.
How to use Group Session on Spotify
One of the latest features released in 2020 on Spotify has been the ability to create a group session.
You know how when you’re at a party or dinner or office, and only one person has the control of the music playing on their device? Group Session is designed to make that music stream collaborative and give everyone an opportunity to pause, play, and add songs to the common queue. The feature is still in beta and is not available on Mac, but you can try it on your iPhone:
- When a song is playing, tap the Devices Available icon
- Under “Start a group session,” choose Start Session
- Invite your friends to join either by sending them links or by having them scan your code
Now you all control the same queue of songs without needing to use the same device and while being socially distant. A useful feature indeed!
How to achieve the best sound on Mac
As soon as you figure out how to play Spotify on Mac, you get instant access to more than 60 million songs. The next best thing you can do is fine-tune your audio setup to really enjoy your newly found unlimited music experience.
Boom 3D is the most advanced audio enhancer for your Mac. This app features a range of high-quality sound boosting presets that you can also tweak manually to make any genre sound exactly as it meant to be, regardless of your speakers. Additionally, you can even turn on the 3D Surround Sound feature for your headphones for complete audiophile immersion. And if you find your Mac’s max volume too quiet, you can go past the hardware limit using one of Boom 3D’s most sought-after features.
How to focus with music on Mac
All the open-space offices, coworking spaces, and even construction sites next to your home destroy your focus when you need to get something important done. And if you put on your headphones and simply crank up the music, you could miss out on everything that’s useful going on around you. Is there a middle ground?
Silenz is the perfect sound mixer for your Mac. As soon as you put on headphones (whether regular or wireless), this app will adjust your sound flow to the surrounding world, so you can stay focused without all the background noise but, at the same time, hear your phone ring or someone speaking to you. Silenz is compatible with any third-party media player or service, including Spotify, and works automatically, even without your direct involvement.
Now that you know how to download music from Spotify and some other tips for volume boosting with Boom 3D and sound mixing with Silenz, you can create your perfect audio environment in no time.
Another tool we love for sound that matches your environment is GetSound.
The app generates one-of-a-kind soundscapes to match your location, time of day, and weather. This AI-based tool is perfect for focused work or relaxation. Simply install the app, pick a location, adjust your environmental layer, and work away!
Best of all, Boom 3D and Silenz are available to you free for seven days via the trial of Setapp, a platform with more than 200 powerful apps that augment your daily Mac experience, from create icons in seconds (Image2icon) to troubleshooting your WiFi coverage (NetSpot). Try them all at no cost and see how much better your life with apps can be.