How to Add Spotify to Streamlabs OBS (EASY Way)

Published on: Oct 14, 2022 • 5 min read

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Have you ever felt the need to have some background music playing while you go live?

Well, many live streamers have wanted to do the same, and it is totally possible if you add Spotify music to Streamlabs OBS!

Streamlabs is one of the best Open Broadcaster Software around, and now, Spotify users can easily select their favorite music files to add a new layer of entertainment to their streams.

This works on YouTube Video Live, Facebook, Twitch, and other social media platforms as well.

Thus, in this blog post, we will talk about:

  • How to add Spotify to Streamlabs OBS;
  • What to know before you add Spotify music to Streamlabs?;
  • Easiest way to start streaming with Spotify on Streamlabs OBS.

Can You Play Spotify Songs on Live Streams?

Playing music on your live stream is always a controversial topic.

There’s no problem with royalty-free music whatsoever, but not all music tracks on Spotify are royalty-free.

Twitch DMCA’s policies can hit you hard if you use copyrighted music tracks, so you need to carefully choose the Spotify songs you’ll use in your streaming session (it also applies to Apple Music and other music apps as well).

Streamlabs App lets you play added Spotify music indeed, but this streaming software is not responsible for the songs you decide to play.

Other than that, using, playing, and showing Spotify on your stream is not forbidden whatsoever.

Spotify Music Twitch Extension

There’s a Spotify Twitch Extension that lets you link your Spotify account to Twitch.

This way, you can start playing songs through there, without using an external media source, such as the audio captured by Streamlabs.

The extension also lets you add royalty-free songs on a widely known Spotify music playlist, so it might as well be a great alternative to Streamlabs OBS.

Nonetheless, if you want to have more control over the local files and sample rate of the songs you want to play, then adding Spotify to the Streamlabs app is your best shot.

How to Add Spotify to Streamlabs OBS

Whether you want to start streaming with a background sound on YouTube, Twitch, or any other platform, Streamlabs OBS lets you use Spotify music easily.

The process consists of letting Spotify songs be the sound that Streamlabs pick from your desktop mixer, so, without further ado, let’s do it.

Pro Tip: Why did OBS fail to load channel information for Twitch?! This problem happens when the open broadcasting software you use doesn’t properly pick your Twitch account’s info. Read our related guide to learn how to solve this matter.

Step 1: Download the Spotify App

For this process to work efficiently, you need to download the Spotify Desktop app.

The Spotify app for desktops is available on both Mac and Windows computers, so worry not.

Simply download the app, log in to your account, and continue with the following step.

Step 2: Make a Playlist and Play Spotify Music

Now, it’s time to choose the Spotify music you are going to play.

Remember that if you have Spotify Premium, you can download Spotify music and make an offline playlist if you want.

Besides, it lets you pick the output quality so you can manage the bitrate of your stream.

If not, you can still use high-quality music on Spotify OBS, so don’t worry.

Open Spotify, go to Playlists, click Create, make the playlist, avoid copyrighted music, and move on.

Step 3: Launch Streamlabs OBS Studio and Go to Audio Mixer Tab

Thirdly, open Streamlabs OBS. Remember to keep Streamlabs updated, so you avoid any kind of bug on it.

At the upper right corner of the screen, you will see the Editor icon. Click on it, and now look for the Audio Mixer option.

Step 4: Click on Spotify Window Capture and Select Desktop Audio

Streamlabs have different capture modes: game capture, OBS window capture, and more.

Since Spotify will be playing on your desktop audio, you need to select Window Capture.

The new Window Capture source used will be the Spotify Window.

This means that Streamlabs OBS will get the music that comes from Spotify, and use it on your stream.

Step 5: Manage the Output Settings and Ensure That the Output Format Works Correctly

Now, for most users, this process doesn’t entirely work at first. Perhaps the Spotify audio is too loud, and your voice is too low.

Thus, make sure to select Spotify outside of OBS, and in this newly opened window, manage the sound volume as you want.

It is a trial and error process, so make all the tweaks needed so you can find the right output format for your stream.

Alternative: Use a Third-Party Spotify Music Converter

There are third-party Spotify downloaders that let you download Spotify music and add it to Streamlabs.

You can use them to import Spotify songs and play them in sync from OBS without having to set the desktop audio as the main sound source.

Nonetheless, we are talking mostly about paid apps, and as you can see in this guide, they are not necessary at all.

To summarize, if you want to add Spotify to Streamlabs OBS, you just need to do this:

  1. Download the Spotify desktop application;
  2. Launch Streamlabs and go to Editor, then Audio Mixer;
  3. Select your desktop audio and make all the tweaks you need, so the songs play perfectly on your stream.

For more streaming guides, check everything that Launch Kit has for you here!


Do You Need Spotify Premium to Play Music to Streamlabs?

Not necessarily - Spotify Free is enough. Although, if you want to avoid annoying ads and be able to download music, then getting a Premium account might also be a good alternative.

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