Apple Music is a great music streaming service available not only for iPhone users but is also readily available on Android, Mac and PC too. Apple offers a great UX with a huge focus on hand made/hand picked playlists that are updated day by day, providing a great music discovery platform, arguably better than Spotify. It also offers the ability to stream the latest music videos alongside your favourite songs.
It also features ‘Connect’, a Twitter/Instagram/Facebook hybrid that allows you to follow your favourite artists and get the latest news, pics and songs before everyone else – that’s how Apple would like it to work, anyway.
Apple’s streaming service offered a native streaming option for Apple users, and when coupled with a three-month free trial, many made the jump from Spotify to Apple Music. But how do you get all your beloved Spotify songs and playlists over to Apple Music? While Apple may not offer an official way to do so, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Here, we show you how to import your Spotify songs and playlists into Apple Music.
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How to import Spotify songs into Apple Music: Move to Apple Music
Move to Apple Music is one of the best solutions for importing your Spotify collection (or Rdio, for that matter) to Apple Music mainly because of its simplicity compared to similar apps. Although with this being said, if you’re unwilling to part with $7.99 (around £5-6) for the app, you’re limited to a maximum of 15 songs. If you do take the plunge, here’s how to move songs and playlists from Spotify to Apple Music:
1) Head to the Move to Apple Music website and download the software. From the site, you can either pay up front for the software or download a trial that can be turned into the full version once you’ve imported your sample of 15 songs. Once the app is downloaded, copy it to the Applications folder on your Mac and open it.
2) Once Move to Apple Music has opened, select the service you want to import music from (in this case Spotify) and log in with your Spotify details. Once you've logged in, you'll be presented with a list of Spotify playlists - simply select the playlists you'd like to import, and click Next.
3) Now, here's where it gets ever so slightly tricky. Open iTunes, or re-open iTunes if it's already running, and then click the green banner that reads 'Capture Session' in the Move to Apple Music app. Once you’ve clicked that, head back to Apple Music and 'Like' any song in your library. A popup or two may appear, but just click continue.
4) The software should then start to import songs from Spotify to Apple Music, and its progress is displayed in the app. Be prepared to wait for a while, though, as we transferred only 12 songs and it took two minutes – our biggest playlists have 300+ songs, so we might avoid those.
5) Once the import has been completed, simply close and re-open iTunes. Your Spotify songs should now be merged with your Apple Music library, with any songs unavailable on Apple Music greyed out (these can easily be deleted from the list) – but what about playlists?
6) On the Move to Apple Music app, you should see a new green banner that this time reads “Save your playlists and import on iTunes” – click this and save the file somewhere easily accessible. Head to iTunes, and click on File > Library > Import Playlist and select the file you just saved. Once that has been imported, you’ll find your Spotify playlists alongside your Apple Music playlists. Take a look through the playlist, delete any unavailable (grayed out) songs and they’ll then be synced and will be available across all your Apple Music-enabled devices.
How to import Spotify songs into Apple Music: STAMP
If Move to Apple Music doesn’t sound like an attractive option for you, then STAMP may be a better option. While STAMP is also a free app with paid upgrades available for Mac, it offers more functionality than the Apple Music-specific app above. Instead of only supporting Apple Music and Spotify, it also features support for Rdio, Google Play Music, Deezer, Rdio and even YouTube, allowing you to switch playlists between various accounts easily from one place.
The free version of the app allows you to sync either a single playlist or 10 songs per session – while you can continue imports when restarting the app, it can become pretty time consuming. The premium app offers unlimited songs and playlists and costs €6.99 (around £5.50). Here’s how to transfer your songs and playlists from Spotify to Apple Music using STAMP:
1) Head to the STAMP website, download the software and install it on your Mac by dragging the app to your applications folder. Once the app has been installed on your Mac, open it.
2) You’ll then be faced with a number of streaming services, from Spotify to Apple Music and even Google Play Music – select the service you want to move songs FROM, which in our case is Spotify. You’ll then be prompted to log in to your Spotify account in-app, and agree to allow STAMP to access your account.
3) Once you’ve logged into your Spotify account, you’ll be asked to select the streaming service you want to transfer your songs and playlists to, which in our case is Apple Music. You’ll be prompted to then click the ‘Look for a cookie’ button in-app, and ‘Like’ a song in iTunes. As with Move to Apple Music, alerts may appear but just click continue. A success message should then appear in the STAMP app – click continue to start the import.
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4) You should now be presented with a screen showing the progress of the import, along with an estimate of how long the process will take. This will vary depending on the amount of songs/playlists you’re looking to import, but importing 28 songs only took us two minutes.
5) Once the import has been completed, simply restart iTunes to complete the process. If you want to import playlists, click the ‘Click here to export playlists’ button in STAMP and save the file when prompted. From here, you’re supposed to open iTunes and head to File > Library > Import Playlist, although when we saved our playlist ready for import, our Playlists appeared automatically.