Now that Apple Music has added lossless audio to its entire catalog and adds thousands of songs in Dolby Atmos Music, you’ve decided you want to make the switch from Spotify to Apple Music. But you spent a lot of time creating playlists and marking songs and albums as your favorites. Is all that hard work lost in translation? The good news is that there are several excellent tools, both free and paid, that can help make the transition as painless as possible.
One of the best things about this is that it doesn’t really matter if you’ve used Spotify for free or been a Premium subscriber. Free Spotify users have always been able to create their own playlists; they just couldn̵
The only requirement to start this transfer process is that you have a Spotify account with playlists you want to transfer. That is it. These are playlists you’ve created yourself or other user-generated playlists you’ve been following. Playlists curated by Spotify, such as Discover Weekly and others, may also appear as options to transfer, but that’s not always the case. Your mileage may vary.
The only other requirement from the Apple Music side is that you actually subscribe to the service. It’s not enough to just have the app. You must sign up and have a working subscription (trial periods are OK) to actually receive the playlists you want to transfer.
Since Spotify and Apple Music each have songs that may not be available between them, there is a chance that you will miss out on some songs or albums that Apple Music doesn’t have. The transfer methods below should make that clear when it’s time to hit the button and make the actual switch.
Use an app from an iPhone or iPad
If you already use an iOS device and want to transfer things that way, there are apps for that. SongShift is probably the most prominent, and it’s quite easy to manage. You can try it out as a guest instead of creating an account, but it’s free to use unless you buy a Pro account, which speeds up the process and gives you other benefits.
When you select the playlists, albums, or songs you want to move, you’ll see everything that matches, as well as songs that don’t. You can try to match those numbers again or ignore them so they don’t carry over over the wrong number (which can happen). Under the free tier, transfer times are longer than under a Pro plan, so keep that in mind.
Another iOS app that does the same thing is Switcheroo Transfer. It is completely free to use, but more limited in scope in terms of the services it supports. The user interface is also more streamlined and simpler. It allows you to log into your Spotify account, select the playlists you want and move them to Apple Music. Again, you need an active Apple Music subscription for this to work, and you’re also limited to just transferring playlists. Albums and songs do not appear by themselves.
Switcheroo Transfer is also available on Android, but beware of the SongShift app for Android, which appears to be a shady impostor from another developer.
Use a transfer service to get the job done
A number of these have cropped up over the years and they have gotten so much better in that time making this process easier than ever. You can use these from a web browser or mobile app, and maybe even a desktop app for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. For the most part, they are divided into free and paid tiers. Free tiers can limit you to transferring one playlist at a time, unlike paid plans that let you move entire libraries around in a jiffy.
Free Your Music is like that. Pay $9.89 as a one-time fee and transfer an unlimited number of songs, playlists and albums. Pay for a premium or lifetime subscription and you can do more like keep playlists in the cloud, sync music between different services and share them too. That means you can switch from Spotify to Apple Music, but keep the Spotify account active (if you want to) and have both services connected to each other.
Soundiiz also keeps much of its better features behind a paywall. For example, the free tier allows you to transfer Spotify playlists that you’ve created, but not those curated by Spotify. You are also limited to transferring playlists one at a time, and only if there are 200 songs or less in each of those playlists. Pay $4.50 a month or $36 for an entire year to remove those restrictions and have a lot more leeway in curating or preparing the content you switch.
Tune My Music follows a similar path. The free tier limits you to 1,000 songs, and there’s no option to sync anything in case you’re in a situation where you want to keep Spotify and Apple Music playlists equally active and in sync. Pay $4.50 per month or $24 for the whole year for unlimited conversions, plus up to 20 automatic syncs.
One thing to always keep in mind is that Spotify and Apple Music don’t share the exact same libraries, and that can make a big difference to unique content. For example, there may be live tracks, special studio remasters, or remixes that aren’t on both. For your average studio track or album, there’s a very good chance they match, so don’t worry too much about that. It’s the harder-to-find tracks that can pose a challenge. You may also encounter a situation where the song name and artist are the same, but the version is not.
These transfer apps and services should tell you when that happens, but don’t be surprised if one falls through the cracks. If this is the case, you can always try re-matching later to fix the problem. But if not, you may need to manually add the correct track in Apple Music.