If you’re planning to switch to a different music streaming service, perhaps because your existing service doesn’t offer hi-res audio or because you don’t like its recommendation algorithm, transferring playlists is probably the biggest hurdle in the way of moving away.

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We say this because no matter what music streaming service you’re using, it almost certainly doesn’t have a built-in tool to help you transfer your playlists over from another service. And while using a third-party app/service is the most apparent solution to this problem, not all apps/services are effective at their job, and some even charge you money in exchange.

Fortunately, there are a few good apps and services, which are free and easy to use, and can help you transfer your playlists between different services. So no matter whether you want to transfer playlists from Spotify to YouTube Music, Tidal, Amazon Music, or the other way around, these apps can help you move your songs around with ease.

Let’s dive in to explore these apps and services.

Method 1. Transfer Playlists Between Music Services on iOS

Apple’s App Store offers a limited number of apps for transferring music. However, among these is SongShift, a free app with a simple and easy-to-use UI that lets you transfer your playlists between Spotify and any other music service with a few simple steps.

Follow these steps to use SongShift for transferring playlists between two different services:

  1. Download SongShift on your iOS device.
  2. Open SongShift, and you’ll be greeted with a welcome screen with a list of all available services.
    songshift home screen
  3. Click on a service in this list and sign in to your account.
  4. Similarly, tap on another service and login to it.
  5. Once you’ve connected your music streaming services to SongShift, swipe down on the screen to visit SongShift’s home screen.
    connecting music streaming services to songshift
  6. Make sure you’re on the My Shifts page, and tap the plus button in the top-right corner.
    songshift home screen
  7. On Shift Setup, click on Setup Source and tap on the service from which you want to move your playlists.
    selecting source in songshift
  8. Hit Continue, and on the following screen select the playlist(s) you want to move.
  9. Tap on Done.
  10. On the Shift Setup page, click I’m Finished, and SongShift will start transferring your playlist.
    initiating playlist transfer in songshift

Once the transfer completes, you’ll have your playlist (and all its songs) transferred to your chosen music service.

Do note, however, that with the free version of SongShift, you can move just one playlist at a time. So if you’ve got multiple playlists, you’ll need to move them one by one. If this already sounds tedious to you, you can upgrade to SongShift Pro to unlock the ability to move multiple playlists simultaneously, along with a few other features.

Method 2. Transfer Playlists Between Music Services on Android

If you’re an Android user, you can find a bunch of music transfer apps on the Google Play Store. Although most of these apps would help you transfer your playlists between most of the popular music streaming services, we find FreeYourMusic (formerly Stamp) to be one of the better ones—and it also happens to be free. FreeYourMusic supports a wide range of music streaming services and is pretty easy to use.

Following are the steps to use FreeYourMusic for transferring playlists on Android:

  1. Download FreeYourMusic on your Android device.
  2. Open FreeYourMusic and, on the welcome screen, hit Let’s Go.
    freeyourmusic welcome screen
  3. On the Select source page, click on the music service whose playlists you want to move to another service, and log in to your account.
    select source music service in freeyourmusic
  4. Similarly, choose a destination service on the Select destination page and sign in to it.
    select destination music service in freeyourmusic
  5. Once you’ve linked these services, FreeYourMusic will now prompt. Hit Continue to proceed.
    selecting playlists to move in freeyourmusic
  6. Now, choose the playlist you want to move and hit Begin Transfer.
    initiating music transfer in freeyourmusic

You should see your moved playlist on your destination music service as soon as the process is complete. With FreeYourMusic, too, keep in mind that the free version allows you to transfer only 100 songs at once. So you’ll need to upgrade to the app’s premium version to transfer more songs and playlists at a time.

Also Read: What to Do if Spotify Keeps Crashing or Closing Itself

Method 3. Transfer Playlists Between Music Services on Web

In case you don’t want to download a music transfer app on your Android or iPhone, you can use a web service instead to transfer your playlists across different music streaming services. Among the different options available on the web, Tune My Music comes out on top as the best service for transferring music. It’s an easy-to-use service and works with all major services like Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Pandora, YouTube, and many more.

Here’s how to use Tune My Music for transferring your playlists:

  1. Open your browser and head over to the Tune My Music website.
  2. Hit Let’s Start.
    tunemymusic home screen
  3. Select a music service as the source.
    selecting a music source in tunemymusic
  4. Depending on your chosen service, it will ask you for a way to access your playlists. Navigate the on-screen options to do this.
    set up source to transfer playlist
  5. Hit the Select Destination button and follow the on-screen instructions, similar to how you did in the previous step, to set the other (destination) service.
    selecting playlists to move
  6. Finally, click on the Start Moving My Music button to transfer your music from your set source to the destination.
    initiate playlist transfer in tunemymusic

Once done, the added music or playlist should reflect on your destination music service.

Enjoy Your Favorite Music On Any Music Service

Being able to move your playlists between different music services is a useful feature that ensures you don’t lose your favorite playlists—ones you’ve curated over the years—when to switch to another service. This guide explains three different ways to move your playlists between different services. So you easily transfer your playlists from Spotify, YouTube Music, Tidal, Amazon Music, or any other service easily and continue to enjoy listening to your favorite tracks even on the new service.

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