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How to Improve the Streaming and Download Audio Quality on Spotify

hanna ellis By Hanna Ellis
Updated on: April 23, 2024
Category: Spotify Music Tips

When talking about which music streaming service you should choose, the sound quality that the services delivery is one of the most important factors you will take into consideration. Tidal perhaps is one of the most well-known services which offer high-fidelity sound, referring to the music files that haven't been compressed, and while most other streaming services, including Spotify, though delivers the most comprehensive and complete experience, but compressed music files (decent 320Kbps quality) in a way.

So if you want all your music from Spotify sound amazing, you can take multiple methods to improve sound quality. And here we list the best ways you can refer to change or improve the streaming or download audio quality on Spotify.

>> Read More: How to Convert Spotify OGG Music Files to MP3 <<

Spotify Music Quality

Part 1: What Audio Bitrate does Spotify Use to Stream?

Before introducing the audio bitrate used by Spotify for streaming, it is necessary to simply define what audio bitrate is.

In the field of digital multimedia, bitrate often refers to the number of bits used per unit of playback time to represent a continuous medium such as audio or video after source coding (data compression). In audio, this usually means kilobits per second. For example, the music you downloaded on Spotify is 320 kilobits per second, meaning there are 320 kilobits of data stored in every second of a song. Generally, the higher the bitrate of a track, the better the quality of sound is, but the more space it will take up on disc.

Until now, Spotify offers low, high and extreme sound quality settings. The normal Spotify bitrate setting is 96 kbps, the high bitrate is 160 kbps and extreme is 320kbps. And in March 2018, Spotify tested a new lossless audio version (Spotify Hi-Fi, similar to CD quality offered by Tidal) of its streaming service. Now, let’s see the different audio bitrate used by Spotify on multiple devices.

Spotify Streaming Audio Quality on Desktop:

The desktop app's standard quality is Ogg Vorbis 160kbit/s.

Premium subscribers can choose to switch on High quality streaming, which uses 320kbit/s.

Streaming Audio Quality on Web Player:

The web player's standard quality is AAC 128kbit/s, and 256kbit/s for Premium.

Note: It's not possible to adjust audio settings on the web player currently.

Streaming Audio Quality on iPhone and iPad

You can choose the following audio quality settings (all in the Ogg Vorbis format) on your iPhone and iPad.

Low - approximately 24kbit/s.

Normal - approximately 96kbit/s.

High - approximately 160kbit/s.

Very high - approximately 320kbit/s.

Automatic - depends on your network connection.

Streaming Audio Quality on Android:

You can choose the following audio quality settings on Android phone or tablets.

Low - approximately 24 kbit/s (HE-AACv2 format).

Normal – approximately 96kbit/s (Ogg Vorbis format).

High – approximately 160kbit/s (Ogg Vorbis format).

Very high – approximately 320kbit/s (Ogg Vorbis format).

Automatic – depends on your network connection.

Streaming Audio Quality on Chromecast:

Spotify streaming sound quality used by Chromecast is standard AAC 128 kbit/s and Premium 256 kbit/s.

Part 2: How to Change the Streaming Audio Quality on Spotify?

It is very easy to change the streaming audio quality of Spotify, and the operation is slightly different on different devices.

On desktop: Click the arrow arrow icon in the top-right corner and select Settings, under Music Quality, switch High quality streaming (Premium only) on or off.

Change music quality on desktop

On iPhone, iPad and Android: Tap Your Library > tap setting icon tap > Music Quality to choose the streaming and downloading quality you prefer.

Change music quality on iOS

Part 3: How to Improve the Streaming Audio Quality on Spotify?

1. Upgrade to Spotify Premium

Spotify Free plan only offers 96 kbps and 160 kbps for choosing from to stream, but 320 kbps with Spotify Premium. To improve the streaming sound quality of Spotify, you can upgrade to Spotify Premium.

2. Listen to Music with Wi-Fi Connected

Depends on the different network connection status, the streaming audio bitrate also differs. That is to say, the higher bitrate when streaming, the more amount internet traffic increases accordingly. To enjoy or download the music with high sound quality, please make sure that you are on good Wi-Fi connection to save your data plan.

3. Use the Equalizer to Enhance the Playback on Mobile

You can also use the built-in Equalizer tool on Spotify mobile phone app to improve the quality of music playback, which lets you adjust the levels of music you're listening to by choosing over 20 presets covering different types of music genres and frequency configurations.

Go to Your Library tab > tap on setting icon icon > tap the Playback option > tap Equalizer, then you can tap one of the more-than-20 equalizer presets which including Acoustic, Classical, Dance, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rock, and more, or make a custom equalizer setting by using your finger on the graphic equalizer dots to adjust individual frequency bands up or down.

Adjust Spotify Equalizer

4. Use High Quality Earphones or Speakers

Listen to Spotify music on sound systems, stereos, headphones, and speakers, you will experience the ultimate in music streaming sound quality.

Part 4: How to Download Spotify Music to MP3 with High Quality 320kbps

For people who want to get high quality 320kbps MP3 songs from Spotify, Sidify Music Converter is definitely the best choice. It does a truly great job to download and convert Spotify music to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC or AIFF with the best sound quality kept and without any other poor encoding issues. It records accurately and quickly, and adds the correct tags and album art correctly.

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In the following part, we will show you how to download and save tracks, playlists, and albums from Spotify with high sound quality (320kbps) kept by using Sidify Music Converter.


If you are looking for a tool to convert any streaming music (such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer, YouTube, YouTube Music, SoundCloud, DailyMotion …) to MP3, Sidify All-In-One is the go-to choice.

Step 1 Choose Conversion Mode

Open Sidify Music Converter, choose one conversion mode to start: Spotify App or Spotify Webplayer. (>> App Mode vs Webplayer Mode)

choose conversion mode

Step 2 Add Spotify Song or Playlist

Drag & drop a song, playlist or album to the adding window directly. Select the Spotify music that you’d like to download to your local computer and then click Add.

add spotify music to sidify

Step 3 Customize the Output Setting

Click on Settings in the lower left corner, when a setting dialogue popup, you can choose the output format (MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC), conversion mode, output path, and output quality to 320kbps.

Tips: To better organize the music library after conversion, you can choose to save the output music files into organized folder: Artist, Album, Artist/Album, Album/Artist, Playlist/Artist or Playlist/Album.

Choose Output Format as MP3

Step 4 Start Conversion

Click on Convert button to start converting Spotify song, playlist, or album to plain audio formats.

After the conversion is completed, you can click Converted to find the well-converted Spotify music with 320kbps high quality kept.

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That’s all to illustrate how to change and improve Spotify streaming audio quality, and how to save Spotify music to MP3 with 320kbps high quality kept. You can download Sidify Music Converter to discover more extra ordinarily powerful feature sets.

Note: The trial version of Sidify Music Converter enables us to convert the first minute of each audio file for sample testing, you can purchase the full version to unlock the time limitation.

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Hanna Ellis | Content Writer

Hanna Ellis is an experienced writer with a strong passion for technology, music, and software. Her experience allows her to skillfully infuse her passion into her writing, creating comprehensive, informative, and practical content that appeals to a wide range of audiences.