Here’s how to transfer your Spotify playlists to Apple Music

applemusic11Here’s how to transfer your Spotify playlists to Apple Music

As you might have heard, Apple has launched their own streaming service. It’s called Apple Music. Apple is offering a free, three month trial of the service if you act soon. After that, it will cost about the same as Spotify.

I currently pay for Spotify and am a pretty big fan of the product. However, I’m finding myself becoming more of one of those “all-in” type Apple users. I just sold my Android tablet. I switched from Chrome to Safari, and I find myself creating most of my docs and presentations in Keynote and Pages. I kinda live in the iCloud.

I use stock Apple apps (iOS and OS X) for almost everything. It’s not that any one of them is the absolute best app, it’s just they all play together so well. I especially like that they all have the same basic user experience.

So, of course I’m giving Apple Music a shot.

The fist thing I did after signing up was poke around a bit. I really like the BeatsOne radio channel. I wish I could turn down the Pharrell level a bit, but it’s otherwise pretty solid.

The “For You” section that suggests hand cultivated playlists based on my musical tastes is pretty cool. But to be honest, the ability to surf my friends’ playlists on Spotify trumps this service. Apple Music needs to get more social. I mean, nothing is better than seeing what kinds of music my friends are playing, am I right?


Then I headed over to the “Playlists” section.

Well, this sucks. I don’t have any playlists of my own. Having been on Spotify for a few years, I have cultivated quite a few of my own playlists and spend more than half my time on the service listening to my own saved music. I figured there had to be an easy way to copy the playlists from Spotify and onto Apple Music so I went off to the interwebz to do some research.

Okay, here’s how you do it.

  1. Open Spotify on your computer (This would be very difficult to pull off on the iOS apps.)
  2. Go to the playlist you want to copy
  3. Open Apple Music in a separate widow.
  4. spotifyapplemusicCreate a new playlist and name it.
  5. Read the first song in the Spotify playlist.
  6. Do a search for that song in Apple Music.
  7. Click on the proper song in the results to open it in the album view.
  8. Make sure you choose the explicit version. I may be trying to curb my cussing, but I still want to hear other people do it.
  9. Click on that dot dot dot icon next to the song.
  10. Click “Add To.”
  11. Click the playlist you want to add it to.
  12. Repeat steps 5-11.

tysmihaMy first playlist only took a few hours to move over.

Oh wait… Were you expecting this to be fast? This ain’t Lifehacker. This is currently the fastest way to copy your playlists. Yeah, it takes forever, but there’s an unexpected positive to doing it this way.

Remember that time back in the day when you needed gas and whiskey money to go to the lake for the weekend? If you were me, you might have gone through all your CDs to see which ones you could do without, and go sell them at the recycled records store. That sucked too, but it’s also kind of nice to clean up your music collection from time to time. You get rid of the songs you’re tired of, and you also rediscover a few of the ones that have fallen out of your rotation.

It took a lot of work, but I have most of my playlists imported over to Apple Music now. Except, they aren’t the same lists. They’re leaner, meaner playlists. They’re actually the top reason why I’m liking Apple Music over Spotify right now.

I have just over a month to keep playing with the new service for free. Right now, I’m thinking there’s a 50/50 chance that I will make the switch. Even if I don’t I will go back and update my Spotify lists to match what I did with Apple Music.

So switching is painful, but it could be worth it. If you want to hold out to see if someone creates an easy button, here are a few of the playlists I created to get you by. If you’re on the service, you should be able to subscribe to them.

Screenshot 2015-07-25 15.18.28to the izzo – Just over 50 people are subscribed to the Spotify version of this playlist. Lots of rap classics and a few new songs. Probably too much Jay Z.

Screenshot 2015-07-25 15.18.11Motherless Child – Blues and blues inspired rock. Some jazz and country too I guess. Probably a few Jimi Hendrix songs you’ve never heard before.

Screenshot 2015-07-25 15.17.57Math is Hard – Mostly Alternative. If you hadn’t realized I am Gen X, you’ll know now.

Screenshot 2015-07-25 15.17.44Home Team Advantage – Mostly hip hop, but it’s all over the place. I listen to this one a lot at work.

Screenshot 2015-07-25 15.17.3011. Exactly. 1. Louder. – 50 songs to make your ears bleed.

If you’ve made some of your own playlists, please share them in the comments. Just click the share button in the top right hand corner of the playlist window.


Show me what ya got.

Author: @tcar

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