How to move playlists between music streaming services

Don't leave your tunes behind.

Music headphones
You don't have to start anew when you switch streaming services.Ilya Ilford via Unsplash

So you've decided to switch from one music streaming service to another. Now, what do you do with all those playlists you've carefully created over months or years? Don't panic, because there are ways to transplant them from one app to another.

In fact, you've got several options for transferring your precious playlists between services, and we'll talk you through the best ones. After all, we know how much you care about your music and we want to make sure your curated playlists don't get left behind when you change things up.

Soundiiz

It's hard to look past Soundiiz. The web app is nicely done, it supports a wealth of streaming services (including the more obscure ones), and provides a lot of flexibility when it comes to moving playlists between services. Still, some of the best features aren't available for free.

From the Soundiiz website, click Start now and sign up for a free account. You'll then be able to add as many streaming services as you like from the list on the left of the main interface. It supports Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play Music, Napster, YouTube, YouTube Music, SoundCloud, Plex, Last.fm, Pandora, and more.

Each time you add one, you'll need to provide your login credentials. Once you do, all your playlists will appear on screen. You'll need to connect at least two apps to start moving playlists: click Transfer and follow the instructions on the screen. Soundiiz will ask for a source platform, a destination platform, and the name of the playlist you want to move. After that, it'll give you the option to move all the tracks on the list or just a selection.

The whole process is slick and simple, but if you want to transfer multiple playlists at once, keep lists constantly in sync between two platforms, or move individual albums between services, you'll need a Soundiiz premium subscription. That'll run you $4.50 a month or $36 a year.

Tune My Music

Tune My Music
Tune My Music supports all the major services.David Nield

Tune My Music doesn't cover as many services as Soundiiz, doesn't offer as many features, and the web app isn't as polished, but you won't need to register an account. You'll also be able to transfer multiple playlists between services without having to spend money—a premium feature on Soundiiz.

Support for Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, YouTube, iTunes, SoundCloud, and Last.fm means Tune My Music isn't quite as comprehensive as Soundiiz, but it does cover all the big names. From the front page of the Tune My Music website, click Let's Start to get going.

First, pick the music service you want to move a playlist from. Once you do, you'll need to enter your account credentials so Tune My Music can get at your data. It'll select all your playlists by default, so you might want to untick some checkboxes. When you're ready, click Select Destination to choose where the playlists will go. Enter your login details again, then click Start Moving My Music to begin the transfer.

That's all there is to it, and you shouldn't have to wait a long time, unless you're shifting a substantial number of tracks at once. As with Soundiiz, you'll get the option to pick individual tracks from a playlist if you don't want to move everything.

Stamp

Stamp
Stamp gets our seal of approval.David Nield

The big selling point of Stamp is that it's available as a mobile app for Android and iOS, as well as a desktop app, something neither Soundiiz or Tune My Music offers. The list of supported music streaming services isn't as long as the one Soundiiz boasts, but the big names are there: Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Google Play Music, YouTube, Pandora, Amazon Music, and Tidal.

When you launch the desktop app, pick your source service and enter your login credentials. Then pick your destination service and enter your login credentials for that app. Next, pick a playlist, and Stamp will take care of the rest. The process is just as simple and involves the same steps when it comes to the Stamp mobile apps: Choose a source, choose a destination, then choose a playlist.

If you're using Stamp for free, you don't need to register an account, so it's a quick and easy solution for moving a small number of songs. Note, however, that if you're using the free tier, you're limited to transferring 10 tracks per session.

With a premium Stamp account, you'll get to move as many songs and playlists as you like. The upgrade costs $10 each on desktop, Android, and iOS, but that's a one-off fee, not a recurring one. If you want to use Stamp across multiple devices, you can pay a one-time fee of $15 to unlock the app across all platforms.