How to upload music to Spotify(2023 Ultimate Guide)

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December 12, 2023

How to upload music to Spotify? It depends on whether you are an artist and want to sell your music on Spotify or just want to upload your local music to Spotify and use Spotify app to play aby audio file on your device.

How to upload music to Spotify for artists?

In 2018, Spotify announced a new beta feature that allowed independent artists to upload their music directly to the platform instead of through a label or digital aggregator. However, one year later, Spotify ended its direct-upload program. In its announcement, Spotify said, “We’re working with our distribution partners to help make this transition as simple as possible for the artists who uploaded music through the beta. At the end of this month, we’ll stop accepting any new uploads through Spotify for Artists, and artists will need to move their already released content to another provider.” Once again, independent artists will have to upload their music to the streaming service through third-party distributors(e.g., Tunecore, Distrokid, and Stem).

Whether you’re an established artist or just getting started, if you want to upload your songs to Spotify and get paid, you may use Tunecore. Tunecore offers 3 plans for you to upload music to Spotify: RISING ARTIST($14.99/year), BREAK ARTIST($29.99/year), Professional($49.99/year). Submit your music on Spotify with TuneCore starting at $9.99 to publish a single and $29.99 to upload an album or an EP.


  1. Sign up for a TuneCore account.
  2. Select the type of release you want to get on Spotify: single or album.
  3. Upload your music and cover art to put your songs on Spotify.
  4. Add music contributors so they get credited when your songs are played.
  5. Get your music on Spotify once it’s been approved by TuneCore.
  6. View your sales and streaming reports. You keep 100% of your revenue.

Besides Spotify, TuneCore also allows independent artists to add music to more than 150 online music stores and streaming services across the world, including iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, etc.

How to upload local music to Spotify?

Besides the millions of tracks Spotify offers, you can also use the app to play any audio file on your device. To enable that feature, make sure the songs is stored on your device and turn on “Local Files”. Spotify supported audio formats including MP3, M4A, AIFF, WAV, etc.

On iOS:

  1. Tap Home.
  2. Tap Settigns.
  3. Tap Local Files.
  4. Switch Show audio files from this device on.
  5. Your stored music is now playable from Local Files in Your Library.

On Android:

  1. Tap Home.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Switch Show audio files from this device on.

On desktop:

  1. Click your account name in the top-right and select Settings.
  2. Scroll to Local Files and switch Show Local Files on.
  3. Switch off any sources you don’t want.
  4. Click Add a source to select another folder.

How to listen to Spotify offline after cancelling Spotify premium?

One of the best benefits of Spotify premium is to download Spotify songs, albums and playlists for offline playback. However, once you cancel Spotify premium, your downloaded songs, albums and playlists are no longer available offline. You can only stream them online with ads and limited skips. If you want to listen to Spotify offline after cancelling Spotify premium, the best way is to download your favorite songs, albums and playlists to MP3 with Pazu Spotify Converter.

Pazu Spotify Converter is specially designed for you to download Spotify music to common formats with either a free or premium account on Mac/Windows. Pazu Spotify Music Converter allows you to convert Spotify songs to the most popular audio formats, such as MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, AAC, and AIFF. With the adoption of advanced encryption technology, it’s able to keep all the converted audio files with 100% lossless audio quality and the original ID3 tags and metadata information. For more details, you can check them below.

Key features of Pazu Spotify Converter:

  • Download Spotify music without Premium.
  • Download and convert Spotify to MP3/M4A/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF.
  • Download Spotify to MP3 in 320kbps.
  • ID3 tags including title, artist, artwork, etc. preserved.
  • No need to install Spotify app.
  • Multilingual interface: English, Deutsch, Español, Français, 日本語, 简体中文.
  • Organize downloaded songs by album or artist.

1. Run Pazu Spotify Converter

Download, install and run Pazu Spotify Converter on your Mac or Windows. Log in your Spotify account with the built-in web player.

spotify converter

2. Choose output format

Click the gear icon on the top right corner to open Settings window. Here you can choose:

  • Output Format: M4A, MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF
  • Output quality: up to 320kbps for MP3
  • Cover Quality: High(640×640), Middle(300×300) or Low(64×64)
  • Output Folder;
  • Output File Name: Any combination of Title, Artist, Album, Track Number, Playlist Index.
  • Output Organized: Artist, Album. Artist/Album or Album/Artist
  • After Converting: Open the output folder or Put the computer to sleep
  • Interface Language: English, Deutsch, Español, Français, 日本語, 简体中文.
Spotify converter settings

3. Select Spotify songs, albums or playlists

Select the songs, album or playlist you want to convert to MP3. Spotify Converter will detect and select all songs in the playlist or album by default. Uncheck the songs you don’t want to download if there are any. Click “Show All” icon to toggle “Hide Converted” on in case some songs have been downloaded before.

drag&drop spotify songs

4. Convert Spotify Songs

Click the Convert button to download Spotify songs to MP3.

remove Spotify DRM

Once the conversion is done, click the folder icon to find the downloaded mp3 songs. You can then transfer the Spotify music to Apple Music or Amazon Music, or play them with your favorite music player for iOS/Android.

Note: The free trial version of Pazu Spotify Converter enables you to convert the first three minutes of each song. You can remove the trial limitation by purchasing the full version.