Going from Spotify to Apple Music without losing your playlists is easy with any of these three apps.
Apple Music’s features, like lossless sound and spatial audio, promise its users a better listening experience than the uber-popular Spotify. So, it’s not surprising to wonder if it’s time to move on from Spotify.
Unfortunately, Spotify currently doesn’t offer a built-in feature to transfer songs, albums, and playlists quickly and seamlessly to competitor sites like Apple Music. This forces you to go through the hassle of rebuilding your playlists from scratch.
Luckily, there are third-party apps you can use to transfer playlists easily from Spotify to Apple Music, and we’ve compiled the best of them in the article below. Let’s dive in!
How to Transfer Spotify Playlists to Apple Music
Although there’s no organic way to quickly move your Spotify playlists to Apple Music, this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to do so! Instead, you will need a third-party app to facilitate this transfer.
An excellent third-party app to help with this is SongShift. This app obtains access to your streaming accounts to transfer songs, playlists, and albums from one site to another. It also allows you to check if the songs you’re importing to Apple Music match the ones in your Spotify playlist.
Wondering how to move your Spotify playlist to Apple Music using SongShift? Simply follow the steps below:
- Download SongShift from the App Store, then open the app.SongShift is only available in iOS and has no Android counterpart.
- Upon launching, the app will show a list of all available services. Click on Spotify.
- Enter your Spotify username and password, then Log in. In your Spotify third-party app permissions page, tap Agree. If you’re already logged into Spotify on your phone, you will automatically be directed to the third-party app permissions page. In this case, click Continue > OK.
- Select Apple Music from the list of available services.
- Tap Continue. A pop-up will appear, prompting to give SongShift access to Apple Music. Click on OK.
- Press Get Started. You will be directed to the Shifts page, where you can start transferring your playlists.
- Click on the + icon at the top right corner of the screen.
- Choose Playlist under Spotify, and select the playlist you want to import to Apple Music.
- Click Confirm at the top right part of the screen.
- Select Apple Music as your destination, then tap on Start Shifts to begin the transfer.
- Once done, tap on Review to check if the app has matched your songs correctly. Simply click on the wrong entry to replace it with the right piece.
- Finally, tap on Confirm Matches, then Continue to finish the transfer.
Top Apps to Help You Switch From Spotify to Apple Music
If SongShift isn’t your cup of tea, there are other apps you can try to switch from Spotify to Apple Music. Let’s discuss these in more detail.
In contrast to SongShift, Soundiiz has an Android app but no iOS app. If you use an iOS device, your best option is to access it directly through their website, where you will be required to register for an account.
After logging in, you can automatically connect your streaming platforms to the app.
Soundiiz also offers a monthly premium subscription starting at EUR€4.50 (~US$4.80).
With Soundiiz Premium, users can synchronize multiple playlists across websites so that changes you made on a Spotify playlist, for example, will reflect on other apps. Premium users will also be able to transfer multiple playlists at a time.
How to switch from Spotify to Apple Music using Soundiiz
Here’s how to use Soundiiz to transfer your Spotify playlists to Apple Music:
- Log into the Soundiiz website.
- On the dashboard, under Tools, select Transfer.
- Click on Select Source, then tap Spotify. Enter your login credentials, and when redirected to your third-party app permissions, click on Agree.
- Click on Select Destination and select Apple Music. Log in using your Apple ID, then select Allow on the Access Request page.
- Click on Start.
- Select the pencil icon at the bottom right side of the Playlists box.
- Choose the playlist you want to transfer, then select Confirm and continue.
- Select Confirm my selection.
- Edit the title and description for your playlist, then click on Save configuration.
- Check the boxes of the tracks you want to transfer to Apple Music. Once done selecting, click on Confirm.
- Click on Begin the transfer! and wait for the transfer to finish.
Tune My Music
Tune My Music is a web application that lets you transfer playlists, liked songs, and entire music libraries across streaming platforms. With Tune My Music, you can back up and export your entire library into a file.
Users looking to transfer more than 500 tracks should consider Tune My Music’s premium plan, priced at US$4.50 per month, which allows unlimited song transfers. This plan also enables users to sync up to 20 playlists across different streaming apps.
How to switch from Spotify to Apple Music using Tune My Music
Follow these steps to move your Spotify playlists to Apple Music via Tune My Music:
- Log into Tune My Music.
- Under Transfer playlists between music services, click on Let’s Start.
- Select Spotify as your source platform and enter your login credentials when prompted. Once you reach the third-party apps page, click on Agree.
- Choose whether to paste the link to the playlist you want to copy or Load from your Spotify account. For the latter, tick the checkbox for the playlist/s you wish to transfer.
- Select Apple Music as your destination platform. On the pop-up window, click on Connect, then log in with your Apple ID. Click on Allow on the Access Request window.
- Finally, click on Start Moving My Music.
What You Can’t Transfer When Switching From Spotify to Apple Music
Although these third-party apps are undoubtedly helpful, they still have their limitations. Generally, these apps only let you transfer content that is common between Spotify and Apple Music, which includes:
Both Spotify and Apple Music allow users to create and curate playlists and to listen to songs separately or as an album. Thus, converting from one streaming website to another is simple and easy if you only want to transfer any of these.
However, there are things you cannot move into Apple Music from Spotify. These are:
- Podcasts: Apple Music doesn’t have podcasts since they have Apple Podcasts for this purpose. If you’re moving to Apple Music, you’ll need to access your favorite podcasts separately. Some podcasts partner exclusively with Spotify, too, so you need to watch out for that.
- Artists: Apple Music doesn’t allow users to follow artists. Instead, you can add favorite artists to receive notifications when they release new music.
- Local files: You will need to import songs stored in your device into Apple Music, even if you’ve already imported them to your Spotify account.
- Historical data: Apple Music has Replay, its version of Spotify Wrapped. However, because you cannot transfer your listening data from Spotify, your year-end data will only reflect what you’ve listened to upon using Apple Music.
- Exclusive content: There are songs or versions of songs available only on Spotify. Since they have no counterparts on Apple Music, you won’t be able to transfer them. Instead, your third-party app will likely skip the missing track or use a different version available on Apple Music.
Having Doubts? Here Are Spotify & Apple Music’s Key Differences
Now, you might even be wondering if Apple Music is worth all the trouble of downloading a new app just to transfer playlists. To help you decide whether to make the switch or not, here’s a quick rundown of the main differences between Spotify and Apple Music:
- Lossless Music: Lossless audio refers to high-resolution audio files that sound exactly the same as the studio recording. Apple Music streams lossless audio for all tracks in its catalog at no additional cost.
- Spatial Audio: Apple Music has partnered with Dolby Atmos for Spatial Audio – a feature that recreates the audio experience in a cinema. This enables listeners to perceive sounds from everywhere around them in a 3D space for a more immersive listening experience.
- HomePod compatibility: HomePod and HomePod mini users will have an easier time using them with Apple Music. These speakers only respond to “Hey Siri” commands for music, allowing you to do virtually anything on Apple Music. Meanwhile, these speakers are limited to pausing/playing and skipping tracks on Spotify.
- Exclusive content: Apple Music offers exclusive content in the form of music videos and live radio programs. However, note that Apple Music doesn’t have podcasts or audiobooks – two types of content offered by Spotify.
For more information on the differences between the two, check out this comprehensive review comparing Spotify and Apple Music.
Thanks to third-party app providers, transferring your Spotify playlists to Apple Music is now as easy as pie. Luckily, these apps also offer their services for free (although with a few limitations), so you can try and see if you like them.
Hopefully, with these solutions, you’re more secure with your decision to leave Spotify for Apple Music, especially since you won’t have to say goodbye to the playlists you’ve dedicated your time curating. And, if you were previously unsure about shifting to Apple Music, we hope we’ve helped you explore your options better.
What do you think of this article? Did the apps work for you? Think we missed any important step or detail? Tell us in the comments below!