Tips & Tricks

Published on August 4th, 2015 | by Dan Barbera


How To: Transfer Spotify or Rdio Playlists to Apple Music

With the recent release of Apple Music, streaming lovers everywhere have been loving the free three-month trial that Apple has so graciously offered to everyone who has iTunes or an iPhone. Everyone except those who already have a subscription to a music streaming service such as Spotify or Rdio. The problem wasn’t with Apple Music or the service as it is with change. I have been using Spotify for quite some time and made playlists all the time. It’s how I listen to music on Spotify about 99% of the time. Making the full-time switch to Apple Music as my go to music app has been a bit of a struggle for the simple fact that I have too many playlists that I just don’t want to give up or re-create. Well, the folks over at have created an app (which I believe is only available for Mac at this point) and can help you transfer over your Spotify and Rdio playlists to your Apple Music account.
First you will need to go to the and purchase the app. After installation, go ahead and run the app and proceed to follow the instructions. The app will first have your login to your Spotify or Rdio account. In my case, I will choose Spotify and login via my facebook info.
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After logging in, you should see a check marked list of your playlists. For the sake of this video, I made a playlist with one song that I would like to transfer currently over to Apple Music.
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Now the hardest part of this whole process is dealing with the alerts that iTunes will bombard you with once you launch iTunes. After you click capture session, start iTunes and then immediately find any song with a heart next to it and click the heart. Just one song. There will be about 3 or 4 different alerts popping up on your screen. Just click Continue until you have a few seconds to click a heart. Once you have clicked on a heart, jump back to the app, and you will see that a countdown has appeared, and your Spotify playlists are in the process of transferring. This does take a long time, especially if you have lots of songs. It’s the only complaint that I have with the app, but it’s way better than having to do this all yourself.
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After the transfer has completed, you will then need to save your playlist to your computer, I recommend putting it on your desktop for quick access. This will save a .txt file on your desktop named after your playlists.
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Restart iTunes and then jump into File > Library > Import Playlist and then choose the recently saved .txt file.
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That’s it, if everything goes well, you should see your imported playlists under the playlist tab in iTunes. For those who use Apple Music on their iPhone, fear not, your playlists WILL appear but be patient. It takes a few minutes for the playlist to show up after import.
That’s it. If you have lots of Spotify or Rdio playlists and want to give Apple Music a full-go without losing your music library, then this app will be a lifesaver for you!

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Dan Barbera

Obsessed with everything tech, music, and Cleveland sports. I tweet about these things. A lot. Follow me! @danbarbera.

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