Apple Music Testing Feature That Imports Libraries From Other Services

Apple Music is testing a new feature that allows users to import songs and playlists into their library from rival streaming services like Spotify.

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References to the feature in the latest ‌Apple Music‌ beta for Android were first spotted by a Reddit user, and MacRumors has now independently confirmed that the references are indeed in the APK, or Android Package Kit.

The feature appears to be a collaborative effort with SongShift, a long-running third-party service that enables users to transfer their music libraries and playlists between different music streaming services.

Images shared on Reddit show new prompts in ‌Apple Music‌ for Android that offer to "add saved music and playlists you made in other music services to your ‌Apple Music‌ library." The option also appears in the Android app's settings.

The feature does not yet appear to be fully functional, and the screens are not showing for everyone running the beta, suggesting Apple is at an early stage of A/B testing, or split testing the feature. A/B testing is a method used to compare two versions of the same app, and users are randomly exposed to either version. Statistical analysis is then used to determine which variation performs better for a given conversion goal.

Third-party music transfer services have been available for a few years, but many have limited functionality without a one-off payment or subscription. There's no guarantee that ‌Apple Music‌ will take the SongShift integration through to full development, but if it does retain the feature, there's a good chance it will eventually appear in the ‌Apple Music‌ app for Apple devices.

Top Rated Comments

tomtad Avatar
8 weeks ago
People are going to get a shock going from Spotify to Music on Mac

Hopefully there’s a way to go back ?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
abatabia Avatar
8 weeks ago
Yes please! This is literally my top holy grail feature request.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kurtfoster Avatar
8 weeks ago
What they need to do start curating better playlists. As nice as the lossless audio sounds, Spotify is way ahead of Apple and theirs. And I’m speaking from someone that uses Apple Music as my primary music source because of the audio quality, but Spotify has better playlists.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TWINO Avatar
8 weeks ago
I tried both the paid versions of Songshift and FreeYourMusic to transfer music from Spotify to Apple Music and both were mediocre, in my opinion. I eventually used Playlisty, which is specifically made to transfer music to Apple Music and it is absolutely amazing. Almost all hits were perfect matches. It's also cheap, just a one time payment of 2,99. Therefore I recommend everyone that wants to transfer their music to Apple Music to use playlisty.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chineseguy38 Avatar
8 weeks ago
Seriously?! Fix the existing with Apple Music first. Syncing existing playlist keeps on creating duplicate with Apple Music.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JippaLippa Avatar
8 weeks ago

What they need to do start curating better playlists. As nice as the lossless audio sounds, Spotify is way ahead of Apple and theirs. And I’m speaking from someone that uses Apple Music as my primary music source because of the audio quality, but Spotify has better playlists.
I'm pretty sure that'll be addressed in the new OS releases.
Better ai assisted playlists have been teased many times.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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