How to transfer Spotify playlists to another streaming service
Skip the headache and take all your music with you when you leave
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There are plenty of reasons you may want to dump Spotify for one of the many other top streaming services. Maybe you don't like the influx of podcasts cluttering up your feed, or perhaps you just want a service that gives you better library management or tighter integration with all your devices.
In any case, Spotify hasn't made it easy to transfer playlists or saved music from its service to any other. That doesn't mean it's not possible, though: with a simple app and a bit of time, you can get all your favorite curated collections into your new streaming home, wherever that may be.
Download the app
There are a few different apps that can help you get your music from one service to another, but Songshift, which is available for iOS, has been the most successful in my experience (Android users can use Free Your Music). It plugs into several music streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, Amazon Music, and even Napster. Those all work as both sources to pull music from, as well as destinations to send your music to. You can also use sources like LastFM or Discogs if you've used them to log what you listen to or buy.
Once you've downloaded the app, you'll have to pick which source you want to pull music from, and where you want it to go. As long as both say "Source and Destination, (some only work as sources)" you won't have anything to worry about, so just pick the ones that pertain to you and go from there. For this example we’ll use Spotify and Apple Music.
At the top corner of Songshift's home screen, there's a little plus icon that will let you start a new “shift” (music transfer). If it's your first time, there's a tutorial you can go through for a thorough explanation of how to fine-tune your transfers.
Move your music
First, you'll select your source, in this case Spotify. Above the options for services, you'll be able to switch between pulling albums, playlists, or songs, and prepping them for transfer. If you want to get your entire library from one service to the other, select "Song" and then hit "continue" and you'll see an option to initiate a full library transfer.
If you'd rather go by playlist, select that, and you'll be able to handle things a few different ways. If you just need to transfer that one playlist you've been missing, that's easy enough to do by just selecting it and moving forward. You can also select multiple playlists to transfer at once, and even merge them all into one if you're trying to keep things tidy.
Then, tap "Setup Destination" and pick the service you'd like to send all your music to. You can have the music sent over to your library, an existing playlist on that service, or an entirely new playlist. After that, tap "I'm Finished" and you'll be ready to go.
Before you're all wrapped up, you'll have to review the songs Songshift picked up. Otherwise, you might end up with the wrong version of a song (like, say, the live or censored edition). If any issues pop up, you can manually replace the song with the right one if it's available, or you can ignore it and stomach the loss if it's too much trouble. Finally, just tap "Confirm Matches" and you're all set.
The best part? Since it works with so many services, it's easy to just repeat the process to take your old tunes, plus any new ones you've accumulated, onto another service when it's time to move on.
Cancel your old service
Now that you’ve gotten everything sent over to your new service, you should probably cancel your subscription for whichever one you’re leaving. Luckily, that’s simple enough, as most services have a page to walk you through the whole process. Here’s how to cancel your Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, and Deezer subscriptions.
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