(Pocket-Lint) – Often there comes a time when you want to change music providers. Whether you’ve found the features you really want or want to take advantage of a promotional offer.
The only problem is that no one wants to spend time recreating all their curated and saved playlists, but the good news is that you can take them with you, all you have to do is use an app to transfer them.
If you want to switch from Apple Music to Spotify – for example – you can. Watch the video below to find out how, or if it’s easy, follow our written guide below:
Get SongShift and link your account
- Download SongShift for iPhone
- Open the app
- Select your source (in this case: Apple Music and Spotify)
- Sign in to Apple Music and Spotify to link music
- Allow access to libraries where it is needed
The easiest transfer method involves an app called SongShift. It is available for free In the App Store for iPhone, So be sure to download it. There are similar apps in the Play Store for Android, such as’Your music for free‘As an example. While it’s free, SongShift limits how much you can transfer without paying, so it also offers a ‘Pro’ subscription that lets you pay monthly, annually or just an up-front fee that covers you forever.
After downloading SongShift, your first step is to open the app and set up your music services. It supports many different services including Tidal, YouTube Music and Pandora For the purpose of this tutorial, we are choosing Apple Music and Spotify. For each of them you need to have certain permissions and sign in to the account.
Move your playlist
- Tap ‘+’ to start a new transfer
- Select Apple Music Playlist as your source
- Turn on ‘Multiple Playlist’ on the next screen
- Now select all the playlists you want to transfer
- Hit ‘Done’
- Choose Spotify and ‘New Playlist’ as your destination
- Hit ‘Continue’
- Tap ‘I’m finished’
- Wait for processing to finish and confirm any matches
Once you’ve linked your sources, tap the ‘+’ icon at the top to start a new shift, then choose your source. For this guide, this is Apple Music. Tap ‘Playlist’, and then you can do one at a time, or you can toggle on multiple playlist switches.
The next step is to choose which playlist to move. Notably, some of them have been shown to have 0 songs with our Apple Music, but once we select them to transfer, it discovers all the songs, matches them, and processes them.
Depending on how many playlists you have, it may take a while to match and create your new playlists, but once they match you will find that it often doesn’t find a few songs and you can either choose to ignore match or try And find it manually instead. Otherwise, the service works really well.
The only playlist we found it failed was the largest with about 1000 songs. I thought I would give up after 500 songs.
Of course, if you want to do it differently and move music from Spotify to Apple, you can. It’s the same process, but you choose Spotify as the source and Apple as the destination.
Written by Cam Bunton.