5 Ways to Listen to Spotify on Nintendo Switch

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August 25, 2023

Curious about playing Spotify on your Nintendo Switch? Find the answers right here.

While the Nintendo Switch undoubtedly boasts numerous strengths as a console, there are a few notable omissions that slightly diminish its appeal – notably the absence of media apps like the popular music platform, Spotify.

Unlike its competitors, Xbox and PlayStation, which have positioned themselves as comprehensive home entertainment centers for gaming, movies, TV, and music, Nintendo has chosen not to include such features. Currently Nintendo Switch only supports YouTube and Hulu.

In this context, we’ll delve into one of the most widely used apps – Spotify. Specifically, we’ll explore the possibility of enjoying Spotify on the Nintendo Switch. If you’re curious to know, let’s dive in.

Will there be a Spotify app for Nintendo Switch?

Although the idea of Spotify for Nintendo Switch was submitted in 2017, Spotify changed the status to Not Right Now in 2023 with the comment:

Hey everyone,

Thanks for coming to the Spotify Idea Exchange.

We’ve discussed this idea and while it is interesting, we aren’t able to prioritize it (don’t have any immediate plans to implement this).

If we do have any new information to share, rest assured we’ll check back in here with a new status.

So don’t expect a Spotify app for Nintendo Switch in the next few year. Luckily there are still several alternatives to listen to Spotify music while playing your favorite game on Nintendo Switch.

Option 1 Send Spotify music to your headphones

You’ll need Bluetooth headphones with a 3.5mm headphone cable. Play music on your phone and transmit it to the headphones via Bluetooth, then connect the 3.5mm cable to your Nintendo Switch. Both audio sources will play simultaneously. Remember to mute in-game music and play music through your phone.

Option 2 Hook up your Nintendo Switch through the Xbox

If you own both a Nintendo Switch and an Xbox One, connect the Switch to the Xbox HDMI-in port (usually used for cable boxes). Then, launch the OneGuide app on the Xbox. This setup allows you to use your Switch through the Xbox and play Spotify in the background.

Option 3 Use Nintendo Switch Splat & Chat Headset

While you can simultaneously play games on your Nintendo Switch and listen to Spotify on your phone, this setup can become inconvenient when using headphones. Some Reddit users have suggested a solution: the HORI Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 Splat & Chat Headset, which includes a sound mixer (an arrow-shaped device with two cords). By plugging one cord into your Switch and the other into your phone, you can easily enjoy both activities without any hassle.

Option 4 Install Android OS on your Nintendo Switch

The skilled modders over at XDA Developers have successfully installed the Android OS onto the Nintendo Switch. This grants access to the usual range of Android apps, including Netflix, Spotify, and more. Enabling Android on your Switch requires several steps and is not recommended for beginners. However, if you’re interested, you can gather the necessary information here to determine if it’s a suitable option for you.

Be warned, however, that installing the Android OS on Switch could damage your warranty or protection – hence we’d probably recommend avoiding it.

Option 5 Play Spotify on Nintendo Switch through TriPlayer

Another option is to use something like the Pazu Spotify Music Converter, which allows you to convert Spotify music files into a format that is compatible with the Nintendo Switch. There are still some additional steps to follow. Once you have converted the music file, you will need to upload the music to Plex or Google Drive. You can then use the hidden browser on your Nintendo Switch to play these song. Or you can use TriPlayer, the feature-rich audio player for the Nintendo Switch, which is able to play music in the background, including when playing games or on the HOME menu.

Pazu Spotify Converter is a top-notch tool designed to download Spotify songs, albums, playlists, and podcasts in various common formats, such as MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV, and AIFF. Rest assured, the original audio quality is maintained at 100%. Additionally, after downloading, all ID3 Tags and metadata, including title, artwork, artist, album, and track number, will be preserved seamlessly. If you wish to discover how to download Spotify music to your computer and enjoy Spotify Premium benefits indefinitely, follow this concise and straightforward tutorial.

Key features of Pazu Spotify Converter:

  • Download Spotify songs, albums, playlists and podcast with either Spotify free or premium account.
  • Built-in Spotify web player, no Spotify app needed.
  • Download Spotify to MP3 in 320kbps.
  • Multiple output formats: MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF.
  • Keep all ID3 tags.
  • Rename Spotify songs with title, album, artist, etc.
  • Archive downloaded songs by album or artist.
  • Multilingual interface.

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. Select Spotify music from the built-in web player.

Select the songs, album or playlist you want to download. Spotify Converter will detect and display all songs. 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

3. Choose output format

Click the ” Options ” button on the top right corner. Here you can select output format (MP3/M4A/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF), output quality, customize the output path, organize the output files in various ways, rename output files and more.

spotify song format

4. Download and Convert Spotify Songs to Local

Click Convert button to start downloading the Spotify songs to your local computer. After downloading, transfer the songs to Switch’s SD Card.

remove Spotify DRM

5. Play download Spotify songs with TriPlayer on Nintendo Switch

First you need to install TriPlayer on your Nintendo Switch. Follow below steps:

  1. Download the latest release from here.
  2. Extract the downloaded .zip file to any location you prefer.
  3. Copy the extracted folders to the root of your SD card.
    • You should be copying the atmosphere and switch folders to the location on your SD card which also contains the atmosphere and switchfolders. These folders will be merged automatically. If prompted, overwrite any files necessary.
  4. You have installed the app and may now delete the .zip file and extracted folder from your computer.

Add Spotify music to TriPlayer’s library

To add music to TriPlayer’s library, copy any supported audio files(FLAC, MP3, WAV) to the /music folder on the root of your SD card (create this folder if necessary). On the next application launch, TriPlayer will scan your library and extract any metadata that is available to prepare the database.