Now that Apple Music has added lossless audio to its entire catalog and is adding thousands of tracks in Dolby Atmos Music, you’ve decided you want to make the move from Spotify to Apple Music. You wouldn’t be alone, either, as since Neil Young and Joni Mitchell sparked a bit of a movement recently by pulling their music from Spotify over Joe Rogan’s purported spreading of vaccine misinformation on his Spotify podcast, you might have just found yourself searching Google for how to make the switch.
But you’ve spent a lot of time creating playlists and marking songs and albums as your favorites. Is it worth the switch? Will all that hard work be lost in translation? The good news is that there are several excellent tools, both free and paid, that can help to make the transition as painless as possible.
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One of the best things about switching from Spotify to Apple Music is that it doesn’t particularly matter if you’ve used Spotify for free or have been a Premium subscriber. Free Spotify users have always been able to create their own playlists; they just couldn’t manually select the songs they wanted to play. You’d have to shuffle them every time. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you get started.
Step 1: You will need a Spotify account with playlists you want to transfer. That’s it. These are playlists that you created yourself or other user-generated ones that you’ve followed. Playlists curated by Spotify, like Discover Weekly and others, may also appear as options to transfer, but that may not always be the case. Your mileage may vary.
Step 2: The other requirement from the Apple Music side is that you are subscribing to the Apple Music service, which requires a fee. It’s not enough to just have the app. You need to sign up and have a functioning subscription (trial periods are OK) to receive the playlists you’re looking to move over.
Note: Also, because Spotify and Apple Music each have songs that may not be available between them, there is a chance you’ll lose out on some tracks or albums that Apple Music doesn’t…