"I'd like to buy a Chromebook for studying and entertainment. But my school has the network filters which block us from visiting the streaming websites such as Spotify, YouTube, Tidal. Is it still possible to listen to Spotify offline on Chromebook? I hate to find out that it doesn't work after purchasing." - Question from an online audio forum
A Chromebook is a tablet or laptop powered by the Chrome OS. Generally, it offers the apps for users to use through the cloud server instead of local storage. The biggest advantage of it is that it is lightweight, portable and cheap. As a result, it is especially proper for students from any ages. The well-known brands of Chromebook are Acer, Samsung, Google Pixel, HP, ASUS. In the latest models, it even supports the Google Play store. This means users can install Android apps to their new Chromebooks too. Does it include Spotify? Today I will explore the ways to use Spotify on Chromebook and solve any possible technical errors.
As we know, there is not a native app of Spotify for Chrome OS now, but Spotify does offer a web player for most browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge and so on. This is not activated by default though, so please follow the steps.
Step 1. Launch Chrome browser, type the URL "play.spotify.com" and press "Enter".
Step 2. If it is the first time you use the Spotify Web Player, it will prompt you to do some settings. You can enter the address "chrome://settings/content" and then make sure the option "Allow site to play protected content" is enabled under "Protected content".
Step 3. Now you can refresh the page "play.spotify.com" and login with your account. If you don't have it, you can also sign up a new one.
Step 4. To listen to songs, you just need to search and click it to to start playing.
Besides the web player, on some new Chromebooks such as Acer R11, ASUS Flip C213, Google Pixelbook which comes with the Google Play store will be able to install Android apps. The process to do that is exactly the same as on Android mobile devices. I believe that it is easy enough for you to master it by yourself, so I won't illustrate it here.
Part 2. Can I Listen to Spotify Offline for Free on Chromebook
The Spotify Web Player has almost the same design like the desktop app. You can use it to create your playlists, browse songs you like with the same experience. But if you like to save songs offline, that is different because it is targeted for using online. Another big difference is that audio files are streamed at a lower bit rate via the web player than the desktop app. Free users get 128kbps and premium users get 256kbps, both of which are lower than the desktop app.
In order to listen offline, you need to make sure you have a compatible Chromebook so that you can install the Spotify desktop app to play songs offline with premium subscription. Or if you have an old Chromebook and you don't want to pay for the monthly subscription fees, there is a best alternative. You can convert the Spotify playlists as MP3 and move them to the internal storage of your Chromebook. In this way, you don't need worry about any network filters to block Spotify any more too.
DRmare Spotify Music to Chromebook Converter for Windows/Mac is one of the tools which can help you best. If there is only one software I'd like to recommend, then that is it. I have actually compared the output quality and performance of all the software in the market, to my surprise, DRmare is superior to other rivals in almost any aspects. For more info, you can check the following top features.
Best Spotify Playlist Downloader
Download Spotify Songs with up to 5X converting speed without sacrificing the quality
Support all Spotify tracks, playlists, albums from any artists you like
Keep ID3 tags and convert Spotify songs to MP3, AAC, M4B, M4A, FLAC, WAV
Handy solution to download, encode and archive the songs by album/artist
Part 3. How to Download Spotify Playlists on Chromebook
DRmare software supports to work well with both Spotify free and premium accounts perfectly. It can capture songs from Spotify online directly on your Windows or Mac computers. Here I will take the Mac version to show how it works.
Step 1Add the link of your favorite playlist
If you have already got the link of the Spotify album, you can paste it to the top search box of the software and press "+". Else you can go to the Spotify app to search the the sons or album etc. so that you can drag and drop to import them to the DRmare main screen.
Step 2Choose output format
By using a compatible media player on your Chromebook, you should not have any problems in playing any formats of local music files. All you need is to make sure you have installed right audio codec. To save you from any inconvenience, we'd highly recommend you to choose "MP3" which is an universal format.
Step 3Export Spotify songs to local files
Next, you can click the droplist from the bottom left to customize the output folder and click the "Convert" button from the bottom right side to initialize the converting process. With the batch converting feature, it won't be long before you get all your favorite songs offline.
Step 4Transfer converted songs to Chromebook
Finally, you can move the downloaded Spotify playlists to Chromebook internal storage by copying and pasting which is pretty easy. To locate and play the local files offline, you just need to login your Chromebook > Click the app "Files" > Locate your files and play the song you want directly.