Firstly it's taken half an hour to get here just figuring out how to post this question! Do Spotify design that on purpose?
I downloaded a bunch of songs from Spotify when I had premium but now I can't find any of them on my PC. I'm not sure what folder to look for. They're not in my PC music files so where the heck are they?
Hope someone can help!
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I think the answer most, if not all, people are looking for here is this.
Spotify is not a source to download music. It is not like making a one time purchase of a CD and owning it forever. You cannot access the files for personal use. It is not a file-sharing system.
You either pay a monthly subscription to access all the music in the world, or with a free account, the advertisements pay that access fee for you. It is *almost* like renting a video from blockbuster... or even easier to compare these days: Netflix (though their available media rotates, Spotify’s, generally speaking, does not). You have access while you are paying, but the movie you rent does not belong to you, it is part of a library.
What are you paying for? The operating costs, and the artist or label. Yes, every time you listen to a song, whoever owns the song gets paid. I know this, because I am an artist and my label pays me. I also have access to all my stats via Spotify for Artists.
Now, if you want to burn a CD you will need to find these artists on Bandcamp (which pays the artist directly) or if they are more popular artists not found on Bandcamp, you will need to download to your computer via iTunes, GooglePlay, or whatever else available to download songs. You may purchase each song individually or an entire album. These save to your computer as playable files (usually .MP3, sometimes .WAV).
It is my understanding that music saved through iTunes into the iPhone music app sometimes disappears if the album is removed (by the artist or label or apple) from the iTunes Store (this is what my friend told me about his experience) so if you want to keep your music, have it on your computer, in a separate file you can play on QuickTime or VLC or similar (Does windows still have their awesome player?) or burn your favourite mixes to your CDs, or save them to a USB.
I hope this clears up the confusion. I was certainly confused when I first started using Spotify, as well, but now I pay for the Duo subscription so my husband and I have access to whatever songs pop into our heads on a whim and we spend most of our days with Spotify on, playing podcasts.
PS. My husband just released his album today and you can find his music on every platform. Total Chroma - Body Relics. 🙏