Among the various streaming music services available, we must recognize the strength of Spotify. No wonder, then, that this service currently holds the largest share of the music streaming market, with Apple Music service coming in second. However, if you want to change platforms, be aware that this task is not the easiest.
Indeed, the main obstacle to migration is undoubtedly the lack of an official tool to transfer playlists. But fortunately, there are third-party services that offer this service. The most famous of them are TuneMyMusic, SongShift and FreeYourMusic.
Here’s how to migrate your playlists to a new streaming service using one of these three apps!
First of all: if you plan to use Apple Music as a source or destination for transferring your playlists, the library synchronization option must be correctly activated on your devices.
- on iPhone/iPad : Open the Settings app and tap “Music”. Next, make sure the “Sync Library” option is enabled.
- on macOS : Open the Music application. In the menu bar, go to “Music” and “Preferences” then in the “General” tab, check “Synchronize the library” and click on “OK”.
Go to the TuneMyMusic site from your iPhone, iPad or computer. Click “Start now” and select the source (i.e. the streaming service you want to fetch the playlists from).
Once done, you will need to sign in with your streaming service account. If necessary, allow TuneMyMusic to access your music library. Then you can select the playlists you want to transfer. To do this, copy/paste the URL or use the button above the text box to browse your library and select the one you want. Once you’ve made your choice, go to “Next” and “Select Destination.” »
In this next step, you will have to choose the destination of the selected playlists, i.e. the new streaming service you want to use. Connect to this new service and accept the conditions.
Finally, tap/click on the “Start moving my music” button and wait for the process to complete. Of course the transfer time will depend on the number of playlists and songs you are transferring.
When a message informs you that everything has been transferred, just wait a few minutes until they appear in the new streaming application.
The free plan of this service allows you to transfer up to 1,000 songs, if you need more there are monthly or yearly plans that offer additional features.
SongShift is a little more complicated than TuneMyMusic, but it can also be a good alternative. It can be accessed through an app, which is available for free on the App Store.
When you open it for the first time, you need to connect both music services (the source and the destination). Once both accounts are connected, tap “Continue” and “Start Now.”
When you’re ready to use it, tap the “+” button (in the upper right corner), in “Configure Source”, choose the previously connected service and choose whether you want to transfer an album, a playlist or a song. In this case, tap on “Playlist”, then on “Continue”.
Mark the playlist you want to transfer. If you want to transfer more than one, repeat this operation by pressing “Add another”. When you are satisfied, select “Done”. Wait for it(s) to be successfully transferred.
To verify that everything has been successfully transferred, press “Ready for evaluation”, then “Confirm matches”.
Use FreeYourMusic to transfer your playlists
The third option, FreeYourMusic is also available as an application for iPhone/iPad, but also for macOS, Android, Windows and Linux.
Either way, the process is basically the same. Open the app and select the source (where you want to extract the playlist from):
- Log in with your account and select your destination.
- After granting access to the service, select “Continue” and ensure that the destination is selected.
- Once you have granted access to the service, select “Continue” and be sure to tick “Playlists” or “Liked Playlists”.
- Choose the ones you want to transfer and tap “Start Transfer”.
- Finally, just wait for the process to complete. If you want to check if all the songs transferred correctly, tap on it (under “Your downloads”).