How to play music in Discord – stream music with and without a bot

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If you are wondering how you can play music in Discord with or without a bot, then we have you covered right here.

Now, one of the most amazing features of Discord is that it lets you play music in voice channels and listen to it with other members. And of course, you can listen to your favorite artists all alone, too. 

There are quite a few ways you can play music on Discord. The easiest way to stream music is to add a music bot like Fredboat. But you can also integrate Spotify and stream your playlists. Plus, there are a few other unconventional ways too. 

In this guide, we will walk you through the process of adding a music bot and using it, linking Discord with Spotify, and how you can play music in a voice call. 

Quick Answer

To add a music bot to Discord: Pick a music bot > Invite the bot > Complete authorization > Play music

To link Spotify: User Settings > Connections > Spotify > Sign in > Play music

How to play songs on Discord with a music bot

Step

1

Pick a music bot

First of all, you need to choose a music bot to add to your server. There are free as well as premium (paid) options. For this guide, we will be taking FredBoat (free to use and easy to integrate) as an example.

Step

2

Invite the bot

Then, head over to that bot’s official website to invite it to your server. As you can see here, you have to click on the ‘Invite to Server’ button. 

A screenshot of the "fredboat" homepage  an "invite to server" button highlighted.

Step

3

Complete authorization

Next, you will be prompted to authorize the integration of the bot to your Discord server. At the end of it, the bot should be added to your server.

Step

4

Enter music commands

Once the bot has made it to the server, you will now have to input commands and start playing music. Note that these commands vary from one bot to another. For example, you can have a look at the FredBoat commands to get a better idea.

fredboat music commands

For more information on how to add bots to Discord and how to use them, you can check out our guide on how to add bots to Discord server.

How to stream music on Discord with Spotify

Now, you need a Spotify premium account to do this. 

Step

1

Go to User Settings

Open Discord (on your PC or mobile device) and head over to User Settings.

Screenshot of a Discord server interface highlighting the user settings

Step

2

Head over to Connections

Under User Settings, find and click on the ‘Connections’ option.

screenshot from discord showing connections in user settings

Step

3

Connect to Spotify

Then, you will see the Spotify logo – click on it. You will be prompted to log in to your Spotify account. Once your Spotify account is connected, you can have a listening party with your friends

connecting spotify and discord

How to play music in Discord call

The idea here is to play music in real life and then stream it through your mic if you don’t want to use a music bot or integrate Spotify. As you can guess, the audio quality will not be very good – but you can give it a try.

Step

1

Go to ‘Voice & Video’

Open Discord, go to User Settings and then head over to the ‘Voice & Video’ menu.

Step

2

Set your mic as input

Here, you will have to set your mic as the default audio input. You can set your speakers as the output option.

A screenshot of Discord's voice settings interface, highlighting the output device selection with two arrows to play music.

Step

3

Play music

Now, all you have to do is play music through another source, and it will be caught and played by your mic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I listen to music while on Discord?

Yes, you can play music while using Discord. To do this, you will have to add a music bot to your Discord server or link your Spotify premium account. 

Can you play Spotify on Discord?

Yes, as mentioned in our guide, you can play Spotify music on Discord. All you have to do is link your Spotify account to Discord, and then you can have listening parties.

Which Discord bot plays YouTube Music?

There are several music bots that can play YouTube Music on Discord. Some of the popular options are MatchBox, FlaviBot, Teal Music, Groot, and Soul Music.

Conclusion

If you want to listen to music on Discord, then you basically have the two options outlined in the above step-by-step instructions. Either consider downloading a music bot such as FredBoat or simply connect to your own Spotify account. Using a bot can make your life easier, as it can be automated, and there are fun features like voting to skip a song. Moreover, on FredBoat, you can utilize many music platforms beyond Spotify, such as SoundCloud and Bandcamp, if you so wish. 

What music bot is used for Discord?

Luckily, Rythm bot, which used to be the go-to popular music bot before it died in 2021, is making a comeback in 2024, so that could be one to look out for. Luckily, Rythm bot, which used to be the go-to popular music bot before it died in 2021, is making a comeback in 2024, so that could be one to look out for.

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