I didn't want to put this in the New Idea section, as I am not really suggesting a new idea.
I started deleting a lot of the mp3s off of my computer in favor of just listening to the same songs over Spotify. I needed the extra hard drive space because I still have a Windows XP computer.
I have no use for listening to music offline as I only have a desktop computer and can't currently even burn CDs with this lousy PC. I can't afford Spotify Premium anyway and have no devices to listen to it on.
I wanted to know if there was any way to make a backup of the Spotify playlists. I was thinking of a simple playlist file that could be exported to your computer as backup. I have noticed a lot topics on here having to do with playlists accidentally being deleted or disappearing and it has made me nervous. I don't want that to happen to me now that I have begun migrating to Spotify and away from mp3s.
Solved! Go to Solution.
https://github.com/bitsofpancake/spotify-backup is yet another Spotify playlists backup tool.
It provides a Python script file to download and run locally. Like http://www.spotmybackup.com/, it creates a .JSON dump of all the playlists; both spotify-backup.py and SpotMyBackup without folder data, unfortunately; and at least spotify-backup.py also without collaborative playlists (don't know for SpotMyBackup).
(I stumbled over spotify-backup.py while googling. I haven't tried it.)
Note that principally downloading and running a script (or other executable program) outside the browser poses a much bigger security risk (depending on your trust in the source) than applications that run within the browser. But since spotify-backup.py is just 160 lines of open source code, it seems very unlikely that it would contain malicious code, b/c everyone can check it and report it to the GitHub administration.
In conclusion, I recommend http://www.spotmybackup.com/ for backing up all playlists in a file, mostly because it's less effort than spotify-backup.py.
I've written a simple tool to make this easier:
It uses the Spotify Web API to export playlists to CSV format and will not store any private data (or any data at all in fact).
I use Exportify, and it's great.
You can also recover deleted playlists here. 🙂