Now that Apple Music has added lossless audio to its entire catalog and is adding thousands of tracks in Dolby Atmos Music, it would be normal switch from Spotify to Apple Music. Nor would you be alone, since Neil Young and Joni Mitchell sparked a small movement recently by pulling their music from Spotify over Joe Rogan’s alleged spread of vaccine misinformation on his Spotify podcast.
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But let’s see: you’ve spent a lot of time creating playlists and marking songs and albums as your favorites on Spotify. Is it worth the change? Will you miss all that work? The good news is that there are several great tools, both free and paid, that can help make the transition as painless as possible.
The best thing about switching from Spotify to Apple Music is that it doesn’t matter if you’ve been a Premium subscriber or used a free account, because even the latter have always been able to create their own playlists, they just couldn’t manually select the songs they wanted to play, they had to mix them every time. Here are some things to keep in mind before you begin.
Step 1: You will need a Spotify account with the playlists you want to transfer. These are the lists that you created yourself or others generated by users that you have followed. Spotify-curated playlists, such as Discover Weekly and others, may also appear as options to transfer, but this may not always be the case. Your experience could be different.
Step 2Note: The other requirement on Apple Music’s part is that you subscribe to their service, which requires a fee. Just having the app is not enough. You must sign up and have a working subscription (trials are fine) to receive the playlists you want to change.
Note: Also, because Spotify and Apple Music have songs that may not be available between them, there is a chance that you may lose some tracks or albums that Apple Music does not have. The transfer methods below should make that clear when it comes time to hit the button and make the actual change.
Use an app from an iPhone or iPad
Step 1– If you’re already using an iOS device and want to transfer songs or playlists that way, there are apps for that. SongShift is our favorite app to get your playlists on Apple Music. You can try it out as a guest instead of setting up an account, but it’s free to use unless you purchase a Pro account, which speeds up the process and gives you other benefits.
Step 2: Choose the account you want to transfer songs between, in this case, you will choose Spotify and Apple Music. Sign in to both accounts on SongShift.
Step 3: Choose configuration source, also known as where you are streaming music from. Head over to your Spotify playlists and find the ones you want to bring over to Apple Music. When you select the charts, albums, or songs you want to move, check that everything matches.
You can try re-merging those songs or ignore them so that the wrong songs don’t get transferred (which can happen). With the free tier, transfer times are longer than with a Pro subscription, so keep that in mind.
Step 4– You will now be prompted to set the destination, which is as simple as choosing Apple Music. When you’re done, select I’ve finished and let the transfer begin. Since it takes a long time, it’s a good idea to do it on a desktop computer instead of a device.
Alternative: Another iOS app that does the same thing is Switcheroo Transfer. It is completely free to use, although it is more limited in scope in terms of the services it supports. The user interface is also more simplified and basic. It allows you to sign in to your Spotify account, select the playlists you want, and move them to Apple Music. Again, you’ll need an active Apple Music subscription for this to work, and you can only transfer playlists. Albums and songs do not appear alone.
Use an online transfer service
Many of these services have come along over the years and have gotten much better in that time, making this process easier than ever. You can use them 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. The former can limit you to transferring one playlist at a time, unlike paid plans that let you move entire libraries in the blink of an eye.
Free Your Music it is so Pay $15 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 it too.
That means you can switch from Spotify to Apple Music and still keep your Spotify account active (if you want to) and have both services stay aligned with each other.
Soundiiz it also keeps a good part of its best features behind a paywall. For example, the free tier allows you to transfer Spotify playlists you’ve created, but not those curated by Spotify.
You’re 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 per month or $36 for a full year to remove those restrictions and have a lot more wiggle room on how to prepare the content you’re changing.
Tune My Music follow a similar path. The free tier limits you to 1,000 tracks and has no option to sync anything in case you find yourself in a situation where you want to keep Spotify and Apple Music playlists equally active and in sync. You’ll pay $4.50 per month or $24 per year for unlimited conversions, plus up to 20 automatic syncs.
If you have a Spotify subscription, especially a paid one, now is the time to cancel it. Once you have made all your transfers, visit the website Spotify account overview.
Step 1: find the section your plan and select Change Plan.
Step 2: Scroll down to the section Cancel Spotify and choose Cancel Premium. Confirm that you really want to cancel.
Step 3: Check your email for a confirmation message. It is very important to receive this message, or your account was not actually terminated. Spotify doesn’t have much in the way of service customer, but if something goes wrong, you can try to contact them and ask to speak to a human.
Step 4– Your Spotify account won’t disappear, your subscription will just end, you can’t delete it at this time (this used to be a feature, but has since changed).
You can contact customer support and specifically ask them to close your account, but that’s a hit or miss option for now. However, you can enter and edit your email and contact information to a disposable email address.