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How to move your Spotify playlists to Apple Music

Published Jul 10th, 2015 12:44PM EDT
Import Spotify Playlists to Apple Music

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Now that Apple Music has officially launched, many Spotify users are trying to figure out the best way to export their playlists from one service to the other. Unfortunately, there’s no easy solution for this dilemma, but don’t worry — you won’t have to manually recreate every single playlist if you don’t want to.

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So far I’ve found two popular methods for importing a Spotify playlist to Apple Music. They aren’t foolproof, but if you have dozens of playlists that need to be moved, they could potentially save you hours.

First up is Applefy, an application that was originally intended for developers, but has since been reworked for anyone to use. Once you’ve downloaded the app from GitHub, follow these instructions from the creator:

  • Open the application and log in with your Spotify details.
  • Select the playlist you want to transfer from the dropdown list.
  • Press the ‘Save Playlist’ button.
  • Navigate to your home folder and there will be a folder called Applefy.
  • Inside this folder will be a folder with your playlist name containing MP3s.
  • Open iTunes, go to the Playlists tab and make a new playlist.
  • Drag the MP3 files into the playlist.
  • Select all and right click. Choose ‘Add to iCloud Music Library’. wait for the spinner in the top right to finish
  • Once the songs have been registered, right click again and ‘Remove download’, you can now stream or download the full song using your Apple Music subscription.

The second method works in a similar fashion, but it’ll cost you a few dollars if you want to take advantage of all of its features. Here are the steps you need to take to export your Spotify playlists and convert them with the STAMP app:

  • Before you begin, export your Spotify playlists as .csv filed using Exportify
  • Next, go to the STAMP website and download the app for ~$5.00
  • Open iTunes and head to either the For You or the New tab
  • Open STAMP and select the .csv file you want to import
  • Click parse and wait for the application to finish importing

From here, you won’t actually have the playlists on your Apple Music account, but all the songs will be in your library. The best way to recreate these playlists seems to be the following technique (thanks, GottaBeMobile):

“[Import] all the playlists you want to Apple Music and then click on My Music. Right click on the columns and add Date Added. Sort by Date Added which goes down to the minute so that you have the songs you added in order. Then highlight the songs you need to add to the new playlist and add them. Repeat for the rest of your Spotify playlists.”

It’s a shame that there’s no simple process for moving playlists between services, but these methods will still save you a ton of time.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.