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How to transfer Spotify playlists to Apple Music

If you need to transfer your playlists from Spotify to Apple Music, or any streaming service at all, the process is pretty fast and easy.
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January 28, 2022

With so many options for music streaming services, it’s likely you’ve considered switching to a new one. Maybe a musician you really like is only on one service, or another one has better features. If you don’t want to lose all your perfectly curated playlists, you could manually build up all your playlists again, but that could take years and a ton of determination. You could also start from scratch—new subscription, new you! But if you’re like most people, you’ll want to find a way to transfer your playlists automatically. Here’s how to transfer your Spotify playlists to Apple Music, and how to transfer playlists from many other popular services as well.

How does transferring music work?

The Apple Music UI on iPhone X
Streaming apps don’t directly allow you to transfer playlists, but services exist to help you transfer them easily.

First, you’ll need to choose a service to use to transfer your playlists, since playlist transferring isn’t a built-in or automatic feature on Apple Music. Popular options are Soundiiz and Tune My Music, both of which will ask for the source you want to transfer from, which playlists you want to transfer, and where you want them to go. These services work by scanning the metadata from the tracks in your playlists, and matching it to music in the database of the streaming service you’re transferring them to. Because of this, errors can occur, especially with more obscure artists with very little or incorrect metadata. However, this is generally rare, and you can manually fix these issues when they happen.

When you’re transferring Spotify playlists to Apple Music, or between any two services, the transferring service needs access to both your music accounts, which might be concerning if you never share your passwords. Thankfully, these third parties only get access to specific information, and you can revoke permission at any time after using them in their various settings pages. You can also revoke third-party permissions through the settings menu on any streaming service. On Spotify, you’ll have to go to the site on your browser, since you can’t access permissions through the app alone.

While there are a lot of services that can help you transfer your playlists between streaming platforms, for the purposes of this article, we’ll be using Soundiiz to show you how it’s done.

See also: Apple Music review | Spotify review

How do you transfer Spotify playlists to Apple Music?

Transferring Spotify playlists to Apple Music is really easy with the services available. It’s as simple as choosing Spotify as the source and Apple Music as the destination. Of course, you need to select which Spotify playlists you want to be added to Apple Music.

You’ll get a pop-up prompt asking if the service can connect to Spotify and to Apple Music, listing the permissions you’re giving the service to read the metadata from your tracks. Accept this, and let it run in the background as it does its job.

Screenshots showing where third party app permissions are in both Spotify and Apple Music.
Permissions for third-party app access can be found in the Apple Music settings menu and the Spotify account menu.

After that, your Apple Music will be exactly how you want it. You can scan it to see if it missed anything or made any errors. You can then revoke permissions for Soundiiz on both Spotify and Apple Music.

Related: Apple Music vs Spotify

How do you transfer TIDAL playlists to Apple Music?

Tidal HiFi mobile app on a Google Pixel 3, which is resting on the underside of a backpack.
Transferring your playlists from TIDAL to Apple Music is also really simple.

Transferring TIDAL playlists is a similar process to transferring ones from Spotify. On Soundiiz, choose TIDAL as the service you’re transferring playlists from. Then, select the playlists you want to transfer, and choose Apple Music to transfer the playlists to.

You’ll get a prompt to give Soundiiz permissions for both applications. You’ll need to accept this for both TIDAL and Apple Music to transfer your music.

Read on: TIDAL HiFi Plus review

Once you’ve given Soundiiz, it’ll work to transfer your playlists. Once this is done, you can check to make sure your music is transferred without issue. Lastly, you can revoke third-party permissions in your Apple Music settings.

How do you transfer Amazon Music playlists to Apple Music?

A picture of the Amazon Music HD mobile app Ultra HD Songs listed.
Transferring songs between Amazon Music and Apple Music is no problem.

If you’re an Amazon Music user, the process is the same as above. To transfer your Amazon Music playlists to Apple Music, using Soundiiz, choose Amazon Music as the source, select the playlists you want to transfer, and choose Apple Music as those playlists’ destination.

You will get a prompt about third-party app permissions on both apps for Soundiiz, which you’ll have to accept for the service to read your metadata and move the songs.

See: Amazon Music HD review

Once you’ve done that, you can sit back and it’ll move your playlists in minutes!

How do you transfer YouTube Music playlists to Apple Music?

Close-up of the YouTube Music interface,
All your playlists will soon be in the right place.

YouTube Music users can also easily transfer playlists to Apple Music. You can transfer your YouTube Music playlists to Apple Music using Soundiiz by choosing YouTube Music as the source to transfer from, selecting the playlists you want to import, and selecting Apple Music as the destination.

Make sure to allow third-party app permissions when you get the pop-up prompt for it. This is so that Soundiiz can read the metadata from your playlists and transfer all the music over.

Once you’ve done that, in very little time you’ll have all your favorite playlists in the right place.

How do you transfer Deezer playlists to Apple Music?

Pictured is the main playing now section of the Deezer app on an iPhone 11 Pro on wood table.
If there’s Weezer in your Deezer you can get that moved over, too.

Got some Weezer in your Deezer that you want to listen to on Apple Music? To transfer your Deezer playlists to Apple Music using Soundiiz, choose Deezer as the service you’re transferring music from, pick the playlists you want to move, and choose Apple Music as the destination for those playlists.

You’ll need to give Soundiiz third-party permissions in both apps, which you’ll get a prompt for.

See: Spotify vs Deezer

Once that’s done, just sit back and soon enough, your Apple Music will be full of your favorite tracks.

How do you transfer Qobuz playlists to Apple Music?

The Qobuz music streaming service app's Listening tab open on a Samsung Galaxy S10e smartphone next to a pair of Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 IEMs and a cup of coffee.
Before you know it, your Qobuz playlists will be in your Apple Music library.

If you’re a Qobuz listener, moving your playlists to Apple Music is a total breeze. Transferring your Qobuz playlists to Apple Music is as simple as opening up the Soundiiz website, choosing Qobuz as the place you’re transferring playlists from, picking the playlists you want to move, and choosing Apple Music as where you want those playlists to go.

Make sure to allow Soundiiz permissions in each streaming service. Before you know it, your Apple Music will be full of the playlists you know and love.

What if your playlists are missing songs or have incorrect songs?

When there’s a lack of metadata in the songs you’re transferring, you may find some don’t make the jump. Sometimes this can happen when an artist isn’t on the platform you’re moving to. If this happens, you can look to see if the artists or songs you wanted exist on the new platform you chose, and remove any incorrect track. Soundiiz and Tune My Music will tell you if it missed any songs in the transfer process. It’s always good to double-check that you got everything. You don’t want to cancel your old subscription, only to realize you can’t find some of your favorites and your old playlists are already gone.

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Frequently asked questions about how to  transfer Spotify and other music services

You can use a transfer service to migrate playlists from one service to multiple. All you need to do is repeat the transfer processes listed above manually and repeat as needed.

Unfortunately, the steps above are only for transferring playlists. If you want to download the same tracks you have on, for instance, Spotify onto Apple Music, you’ll need to do so manually.