How to Transfer Playlists from Apple Music to Spotify on iPhone
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(Pocket-lint) – There often comes a time when you want to switch music providers. Whether it’s because you’ve discovered that one of them offers features that really interest you, or because you want to take advantage of a promotional offer.
The only problem is that no one wants to spend time recreating all their created and saved playlists, but the good news is that you can take them with you, just use a application to transfer them.
If you want to switch from Apple Music to Spotify, for example, you can do that. Watch the video below to find out how, or follow our written guide below if it’s easier:
Download SongShift and link your accounts
- Download SongShift for iPhone
- Open the app
- Select your sources (in this case: Apple Music and Spotify)
- Connect to Apple Music and Spotify to link music.
- Allow access to libraries if needed
The easiest transfer method uses an app called SongShift. It’s available for free on the App Store for iPhone, so don’t hesitate to download it. There are also similar apps on the Play Store for Android, like FreeYourmusic for example. Although it’s free, SongShift limits the number of recordings you can transfer without paying. It therefore offers a “Pro” subscription that you can pay monthly, annually or all at once for an indefinite period.
The first step after downloading SongShift is to open the app and set up your music services. The app supports a lot of different services, including Tidal, YouTube Music, and Pandora. For this tutorial, we have chosen Apple Music and Spotify. Each of them will ask you to allow certain permissions and log in to the accounts.
Transfer your playlists
- Press the ‘+’ to start a new transfer.
- Select Apple Music Playlists as Source
- On the next screen, enable the “Multiple Playlists” option.
- Now select all the playlists you want to transfer.
- Tap “Done”.
- Choose Spotify and “New Playlist” as destination.
- Press “Continue”.
- Tap “I’m done”.
- Wait for processing to complete and confirm any matches
Once you’ve linked your sources, tap the “+” icon at the top to start a new team, then choose your source. For this guide, it’s Apple Music. Tap “Playlists”, then you can choose one at a time or turn on the multiple playlists switch.
The next step is to choose the playlists to transfer. Interestingly, with our Apple Music, some of them showed 0 songs, but once we selected them to transfer, the software discovered all the songs, matched them and processed them.
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Depending on how many playlists you have, it may take a bit of time to match and generate your new playlists, but once matched you’ll find that it’s often impossible to find a few songs and you can choose to ignore the match or try to find it manually instead. Otherwise, the service works very well.
The only playlist it failed on was one of the biggest with almost 1000 songs. He seemed to give up after 500 songs.
Of course, if you want to do the reverse and transfer music from Spotify to Apple, you can do that. It’s the same process, but you choose Spotify as the source and Apple as the destination.
Written by Cam Bunton.