Switching audio streaming services is a pain.
Whether you’re saving on subscription fees or taking a stand against platform policiesSwitching from one music app to another almost always means losing some of your library.
Yes, you can manually rebuild your current collection on the new app of your choice. But not all tracks are available on all services. You will rarely be able to achieve a 100% recreation. Worse still, you can waste hours or even days trying to make the impossible possible if you’ve curated a lot of content.
So save time, heartaches and sore thumbs by taking advantage of a “playlist transfer tool”. Here’s how to use third-party apps, including desktop and mobile options, that save your favorite music and (sometimes) podcasts before deleting Spotify, Apple Music, or any other audio streaming service you’re considering pausing.
What are playlist transfer tools?
You can make your transition between two streaming services easier by reaching out to a third party for help. Playlist transfer tools are usually free services that make it easy to transfer audio collections between streaming services. Here’s how they generally work.
Most options allow you to select and sign in to both the service you want to transfer your library to and the service you want to transfer your library to. You are then prompted to select the specific playlists you want to transfer. The app can also make its own suggestions automatically.
These apps are usually free services that make it easy to transfer audio collections between streaming services.
Collections “liked” or “liked” by users are generally treated as playlists and can be transferred, which means that most of your library will be transferred this way. Reading lists that you follow – as opposed to those that you have created – can also be transferred; this can even include playlists curated by the service you’re leaving (think Spotify’s various “Moods” playlists or Apple Music’s trending selections). Although it’s worth noting that these transfers simply copy the playlist at the time the copy occurs; so if you’re transferring a playlist that’s updated with any regularity, you’ll have to manually add new tracks in the future – or just re-transfer the whole thing.
Podcast streams are more difficult to copy, but if put into a playlist, they can sometimes be imported. However, depending on how many podcasts you follow, it might be easier to just find the show on the new app. Generally speaking, playlist transfer tools work best with music.
Once your “tos” and “from” are connected, the playlist transfer tool will cross-check all tracks against what’s available on the new service and recreate as much of each transferred playlist as possible. This process can take a few minutes or a few hours, depending on the transfer service you choose, your connection, and the size of your library.
How to choose the right application to transfer your library?
There are many audio streaming services, and apparently just as many playlist transfer tools. Reviews indicate that they vary mainly in terms of accuracy and speed. But some are also better for certain services, phones, and types of content.
Your best way to find the right fit for your collection will be to research the options available through your phone’s app store. SongShift, FreeYourMusic, Reading list, Soundiizand Adjust my music are among the most popular options. There are plenty of choices and they largely do the same thing.
How to Cancel Your Spotify Premium
Most playlist transfer tools are free or offer an upgraded version for a small subscription fee. Stay subscribed if you change services often, but more likely than not you can make this a one-time thing.