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How to ditch Spotify for Apple Music without losing your playlists

Switching between streaming services doesn't mean you have to leave everything behind.

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There may come a time when you want to leave Spotify behind for Apple Music, whether out of personal preference or for Joe Rogan-related reasons. Maybe you’ve decided that time is now, but you have some reservations. For example...

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What about the playlists?!

If you can’t stomach the loss of your carefully cultivated and highly specific “low-fi hip-hop beats to murder a clown to” playlist, or all of the saved songs you’ve accumulated over quarantine, we’ve got some good news: with some simple steps you can make sure those clowns stay in the ground.

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If you’re using iOS (we’ll touch on Android later) SongShift, a freemium app, also comes with lots of positive reviews in the App Store. There are other services like Soundiiz and TuneYourMusic (both web apps), but for the purposes of this guide, we’re going to focus on SoundShift and for Android, FreeYourMusic, since they’re the most well-reviewed and popular options.

Tap here to download SongShift.

Disclaimer:

You will have to enter your Spotify and Apple Music credentials into both the apps mentioned in this guide, so if that’s not something you’re up for, manually building your playlists may be the way to go. For the record, Spotify does not offer two-factor authentication.

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Once you have SongShift downloaded, the process is fairly simple. Pull open the app and scroll down to select Spotify among the services and then enter your credentials.

Once you’re logged in and you’ve agreed to let the app access your Spotify library you can start transferring by tapping the “+” at the top right of the “My Shifts” tab. Tap setup source, select Spotify, and tap continue. Now you can select all the playlists you’d like to transfer and tap done when you’re ready.

To transfer more than one playlist at a time you can buy a premium version of the app for $4.99.

Now you can pick your destination (in this case Apple Music), enter your credentials, and allow access. Once you’ve selected Apple Music, tap “I’m finished” and your playlist or songs should start to transfer.

Congrats, you’re done!

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If you’re using an Android device, there are alternate apps that accomplish the same thing. FreeYourMusic, for example, allows you to transfer up to 100 songs and one playlist for free, but will ultimately cost $10 if you want to go over that limit.

Download FreeYourMusic on the Play Store here.

If that’s a price you’re willing to pay, you can download FreeYourMusic on the Google Play store and follow the steps to similarly give the app access to Spotify. When you’re prompted for a destination for your transfer, enter your Apple Music information.

You can now select the tracks or playlists you want to transfer and then confirm when you’ve got all of them selected. Your migration should begin, which means...

Finished!

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That’s all there is to it...

Welcome to your new Apple Music life. If you change your mind and decide to go back to Spotify, this process does work in reverse, but as fun as transferring all of your playlists can be, we sincerely hope this is the last time you’ll need this guide.

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