How to Move Your Playlists from Spotify to Apple Music

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    We've been experimenting with Apple Music for over a month now, but there are still a few important questions that pop up with the new music streaming service, the first being "How can I import my playlists from Spotify?"


    The short answer is that you can't without using third-party software. After much research, we've found there are two fairly reliable third-party services that work well. One is called STAMP, and the other is called Move to Apple Music. Both automatically search for and add tracks from Spotify to Apple Music so you don't have to manually go through your entire collection song-by-song. While the end result is pretty much the same, each app offers different features.

    Before you get started, make sure you are logged into iTunes with your Apple ID and subscribed to Apple Music.

    With both STAMP and Move to Apple Music, you can download the program from each company's website. Both apps must be given special permission to control your computer.

    Click here to

    Article Link: How to Move Your Playlists from Spotify to Apple Music
  2. thmsup macrumors member

    May 10, 2013
    Finalmente. But I guess I have to go back from Apple Music to Spotify after my 3 months trial has ended.
  3. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    I love that the example is a friend of mine's track from a disney album. It's not exactly a "mainstream" track either...
  4. PJL500 macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2011
  5. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
  6. Noble Actual macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2014
    iTunes was already bloated and crap, Apple Music just made it infinitely worse.
  7. ART5000 macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Totally agree. Love Apple but you can't be king with everything.

    Apple Music is bloated. Spotify is super simple! Apple music streams have lag times Spotify doesn't. Spotify has easy to make folders and subfolders and easy to go from song to ALL of that artist's music and apple music doesn't.

    I don't need a super celeb radio station. I just need what I want to hear. Radio is so, you know. Why would I want to hear constant one-liners from these cele Djs? Don't get it. Quick the babble, play the music.
  8. Nidron macrumors newbie


    Jan 11, 2010
    I have loved and stuck with Apple through many years, but move from Spotify to Apple Music? Nowadays, iTunes is just an iPhone sync-app, otherwise a sad, dead 60GB on my hard drive, and Apple Music is an uninspiring, boring mess. I expected more from Apple. Unless a miracle happens, no thanks. :(
  9. thmsup macrumors member

    May 10, 2013
    > had a Spotify subscription for almost 2 years
    > canceled it for Apple Music
    > did not go back to Spotify since
    > went back today cuz I had to open it in order to transfer playlists
    > instantly saw 2 new recommended playlists I've never seen before with 30+ tracks each
    > loved about 70%
    > never had that feeling with the 12-16 track playlists at Apple Music
    > now really don't like Apple Music at all anymore
    > canceled subscription

    Thanks for the article though.

    "Personally curated" or algorithm ... Whatever Spotify is doing works way better.

    And don't say it is because I used it for 2 years. I hearted songs, liked artists and all I ever got was "intro to artist xyz" with 12 of his songs of which 8 were very popular whereas the remaining 4 weren't...
  10. jeffUM macrumors newbie


    Apr 8, 2015
    Actually, Move to Apple Music WILL transfer the playlists, not just the music.
  11. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

    Nov 1, 2005
    No use for me until Apple allow completely separate playlists. I don't want random songs clogging up "My Music" just because I want them on a playlist. Spotify wins hands down here.
  12. dannymichel macrumors newbie


    Jan 30, 2008
    New York
    This is cool, but if you have a large library, both take days to import.
  13. Mums Suspended


    Oct 4, 2011
    I've had more than a dozen albums on iTunes for years and Apple has yet to make them available through Apple Music. It's really frustrating - my artist name and page shows up empty on Apple Music - despite my having adhered to all their requirements for listings. This has really put me off Apple Music.

    EDIT: Just looked again and my songs / albums are finally there lol. So maybe I like it now ;)
  14. dannymichel macrumors newbie


    Jan 30, 2008
    New York
  15. attila macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2003
    It sure is great to get out of that bag.
    Spotify's radio function wins hands down. The curated playlists the service offers for you to "follow" are also great.

    Zero interest in listening to radio talkers.
  16. gietoboger macrumors newbie


    Aug 19, 2015
    Spotify was my favorite app, but since they implemented the Discover Weekly playlist, i'll stick with Spotify for sure. Have you guys listened to that playlist? Not sure if they rolled it out to all users though.
  17. ramonfritsch macrumors newbie


    Jul 9, 2015
    "A delay of 30 seconds seems fine to import large libraries into Apple Music."

    This one takes as much as the other options. Plus this free script doesn't do a great job matching songs, which by the way is a hell of difficulty!
  18. HoosierBadger macrumors newbie


    Sep 6, 2015
    Correction: just ran the program and they gave me an XML file with all of my playlists on it (from spotify). It was as easy as clicking Library -> Import Playlist ->playlists.xml . Now I have all of my spotify playlists on my apple music!
  19. jdm1989 macrumors newbie


    Sep 13, 2015
    Installed STAMP and tried to get it to work. now my mac has no internet access on either wired or wireless connections. Any ideas what went wrong?
  20. cruelfate macrumors newbie


    Dec 14, 2015
    Sharon, MA
    I'm sorry to say that in my estimation STAMP is simply malware. I observed it attempting to set up a man-in-the-middle proxy and install bogus certs in the system trust store. I've reported the domain of this application vendor to search sites.

    Check your network proxy settings.
  21. bimusiek macrumors newbie


    Dec 18, 2015
    Hey, I am founder of Stamp.

    We are not malware. We DO NOT send any data from your computer to any servers except for license key. (you can sniff packets if you want).

    App creates LOCAL proxy on YOUR COMPUTER. This way, it can steal cookie from iTunes and pretend to be iTunes to add songs.

    PS. Stamp has been featured on Rdio farewell page, we had been in contact with them and they did not have problem how app works.
  22. bimusiek macrumors newbie


    Dec 18, 2015
    Hey, go to network settings and disable proxies. It happens from time to time, we tried to make sure Stamp will disable proxy automatically but there is some weird bug that sometimes block this.

    You can always drop us an email at in case of any problems. :)
  23. luuka macrumors newbie


    Feb 12, 2016
    what i found so far: apple music seems better at radio (more diversity)...however...spotify also provides radio for a playlist (apple music doesn't)...and: apple music doesn't scrobble...essential for, returning to spotify
  24. venusboy macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2011
    I prefer Spotify to Apple Music but I neeeeeed an Apple TV app
  25. ignatius345, Jun 20, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2018

    ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    Garbage in, garbage out. I regularly add and curate albums to my iTunes library. I've got about 15 years worth of music and video in there, organized into albums, collections and playlists with lyrics and good cover art. And unlike Spotify or Apple Music, I know none of it is going to suddenly disappear just because some licensing agreement somewhere expired.

    My one experiment with Apple Music dug into my own tracks and screwed up album names (attributing songs from specific albums to some crappy "Best Of" for instance) and artwork all over the place. I ended up restoring my whole library from a backup and never touched it again.

    I use Spotify too, and love it for what it is -- but iTunes is my actual music library, and while y'all are complaining about how "bloated" you think iTunes is, remember that some people are actually using it as an archiving tool.

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