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How to Download & Transfer Spotify Music to USB

USB is a useful tool used to transfer digital data from one device to another. It fits almost all devices that have a USB port, bringing us great convenience to move documents, music, videos and so on between devices. Can we transfer Spotify music to USB? As we all know, Spotify provides Premium users with offline mode. In other words, as long as we can locate the Spotify downloads, we can then copy them to our USB. Is it a fact? Where can we find the downloads on our computer? If the Spotify downloads are not allowed to be exported, what’s the best way to move Spotify music to a USB flash drive? We are going to answer the questions one by one in this article.

transfer spotify music to usb

Part 1: Where can I find the Spotify downloads on my computer?

With Spotify premium subscription, you can download up to 10, 000 songs on each of up to 5 different devices. It’s pretty straightforward to download songs from Spotify for offline listening – When you’re online, go to the playlist you want to download and switch Download on. Once the download is completed, you can keep enjoying the Spotify music without data consumption under an unstable network.

Where can you find the Spotify downloads?

Step 1. Open the Spotify app.

Step 2. Click on your Profile (Avatar) in the upper right corner.

Step 3. Select Settings > Show Advanced Settings > Offline storage location.

The default storage location should be set to C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Spotify\Storage on PC and ~\Users\Username\Library\Application Support\Spotify\Persistent Cache\Storage on Mac. You can change the location if needed.

offline storage location

Part 2: Can I transfer downloaded songs from Spotify to my USB stick?

Now that you’ve found the Spotify downloads, can you directly transfer them to your USB? Not really. The Spotify downloads are saved as scattered cache files restricted to play within the Spotify app. You are not allowed to export them to other devices for normal playback. Even if you copy the whole folder to your USB, they are unusable.

In other words, the Spotify downloads are encrypted files with all kinds of limitations. If you’d like to move the downloads to a USB, you’ll have to decrypt them to a more popular format like MP3. What’s the best solution to convert Spotify music to MP3 and then transfer them to your USB? Find the answer in Part 3.



Part 3: What’s the best solution to move Spotify music to a USB flash drive?

Sidify Music Converter is the most popular tool used to convert Spotify music to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF. It keeps original audio quality and complete ID3 tags after conversion. Currently, Sidify is available on both Windows and macOS. It’s fully compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10 & macOS 10.11-11 Big Sur.

Sidify Music Converter

Sidify Music Converter

  • okDownload music from Spotify to the local computer.
  • okConvert Spotify music to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF.
  • okKeep original audio quality and ID3 tags.
  • okBurn Spotify music to CD & share music to Cloud Drive.
  • okBuilt-in "Format Converter", "ID3 Editor", and "Audio Player".


Sidify must work with the Spotify app. Please make sure you’ve had both Spotify and Sidify apps installed on your computer before we get started.

Step 1 Open Sidify Music Converter

Launch Sidify Music Converter, and the Spotify app would be opened automatically.

open sidify music converter

Step 2 Add Music from Spotify to Sidify

Drag & drop music or a playlist from Spotify to Sidify. Sidify would read them automatically. Select the Spotify music that you’d like to export to your USB and then click OK.

add spotify music to sidify

Step 3 Customize the Output Settings

Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner. Here you can choose the output format (MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF), specify the output folder, sort out the converted files based on artist and album, etc.

customize the output settings

Step 4 Download Music from Spotify to Computer

Click the Convert button and Sidify would start downloading the Spotify music to the computer.

download spotify music to the computer

Step 5 Find the Spotify Downloads on the Local Drive

Once the conversion is done, you can click the Converted tab to check what have been converted successfully. Go to the output folder set in Step 3 and you can find all the Spotify downloads on the local drive.

find spotify downloads

Step 6 Move the Spotify Music to USB

Now that you've got the Spotify downloads on the local drive. You can easily move the Spotify music to your USB.

Conclusion

Spotify offline mode does bring us much convenience, but the Spotify downloads are in a proprietary format, limited to be played within the Spotify app. They can’t be directly transferred to other devices for normal playback.

If you want to move the Spotify downloads to a USB flash drive, the first step should be converting the Spotify music to MP3 format. Sidify Music Converter is a professional tool that can download and convert Spotify music to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF, keep the original audio quality and retain ID3 tags after conversion.

Sidify offers a free trial. You can download the program for free and convert the first three minutes of each song for sample testing. You need to buy a license to unlock the full version.