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?"

How to Move Spotify Playlist to Apple Music 9
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.

How to Move Spotify Playlist to Apple Music 5
For STAMP, you have to allow the program to control your Accessibility features under the Security and Privacy tab in your Mac's System Preference. For Move to Apple Music, you will be prompted to first "like" a song by clicking the heart icon next to it. You will then receive a series of alerts saying that the certification is invalid. If you click "continue each time the alert pops up, eventually, you will grant access for the program to intercept your iTunes data and replicate the action of clicking the "Add to My Music" button.

How to Move Spotfy Playlist to Apple Music 13
STAMP allows you to import any .CSV file that you've downloaded to your computer. So, whether you use Spotify, Rdio, or another music streaming service to create playlists, you can export anything that works with Exportify and then import them through this program. Move to Apple Music only allows you to move playlists from Spotify or Rdio.

How to Move Spotify Playlist to Apple Music 7
However, Move to Apple Music does not lock you out of your computer while it is finding and adding tracks to your music library. The process of finding songs using these third-party apps can take hours. STAMP takes over control of your keyboard and mouse during the import process. Move to Apple Music runs in the background so you can continue to use your computer while it runs.

How to Move Spotfy Playlist to Apple Music 14
Neither app recreates the playlist directly into your music library. They find and add tracks from Apple Music automatically. You must manually create a playlist after the tracks are added.

Both apps were not able to import every song from every playlist. However, they both were just about 70 percent accurate. The error is most likely due to Apple Music not supporting certain songs, or they are listed different in Spotify or Rdio than they are listed on Apple Music, and therefore cannot be found.

Troubleshooting

In STAMP:

If you get a message that reads "No Assistive Access" you may need to start over.

How to Move Spotify Playlist to Apple Music 4

  1. De-select STAMP from being able to control your Accessibility features by clicking on the remove (-) button.
  2. Quit both the STAMP app and iTunes.
  3. Restart your computer.
  4. Open the STAMP app again.
  5. Re-enable the app to control your Accessibility features.
  6. Continue with step three above.

If you get a message that reads "Can't get window 1 of process 'iTunes.' Invalid Index," try restarting iTunes and the STAMP app. I received that error a number of times and I just kept retrying until it eventually worked.

In Move to Apple Music:
When importing playlist files to iTunes, if you receive an error message that the .txt file is not a valid format.

How to Move Spotfy Playlist to Apple Music 9

  1. Create a random playlist in iTunes
  2. Export the playlist you wish to add as a plain text file by accessing File in iTunes, selecting Library, and then selecting Export playlist.
  3. Open the file in TextEdit and reduce the size of the font.
  4. Copy the first line (name, album, artist). Then, open all exported playlists by Move to Apple Music.
  5. Replace the first line of each playlist with the line you previously copied.
  6. Save the files.
  7. Try to import the tracks in iTunes again.

If you lose your Internet connection while the program is capturing your iTunes session, you may need to cancel and restart. You could, however, wait until the session capture is complete if you don't need the Internet while it is processing.

For now, these third-party apps simply act as a workaround for allowing you to move your playlists from streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio to Apple Music. However, unless Apple adds a native feature, there are not many other options available and these two programs seem to work the best so far.

Top Rated Comments

Noble Actual Avatar
79 months ago
iTunes was already bloated and crap, Apple Music just made it infinitely worse.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PJL500 Avatar
79 months ago
Thanks, but no thanks.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LordQ Avatar
79 months ago
Apple Music is better than Spotify.



Attachment Image
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thmsup Avatar
79 months ago
Finalmente. But I guess I have to go back from Apple Music to Spotify after my 3 months trial has ended.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ART5000 Avatar
79 months ago
iTunes was already bloated and crap, Apple Music just made it infinitely worse.
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.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thmsup Avatar
79 months ago
> 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...
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

calculatorapp

iOS 11 Bug: Typing 1+2+3 Quickly in the Calculator App Won't Get You 6

Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:03 pm PDT by
A bug in the built-in Calculator app in iOS 11 is getting some major attention this week, despite the fact that it's been around since iOS 11 was in beta testing. At issue is a calculator animation that causes some symbols to be ignored when calculations are entered in rapid succession. You can try it for yourself: Type 1+2+3 and then the equals sign into the Calculator app quickly. Due to...
gradiente iphone white

Brazilian Electronics Company Revives Long-Running iPhone Trademark Dispute

Tuesday May 19, 2020 1:06 pm PDT by
Apple has been involved in a long-running iPhone trademark dispute in Brazil, which was revived today by IGB Electronica, a Brazilian consumer electronics company that originally registered the "iPhone" name in 2000. IGB Electronica fought a multi-year battle with Apple in an attempt to get exclusive rights to the "iPhone" trademark, but ultimately lost, and now the case has been brought to...
iPhone 13 Dummy Thumbnail 2

Full iPhone 13 Feature Breakdown: Everything Rumors Say We Can Expect

Tuesday August 31, 2021 7:50 am PDT by
With the launch of Apple's iPhone 13 lineup believed to be just a few weeks away, we have compiled all of the coherent rumors from our coverage over the past year to build a full picture of the features and upgrades coming to the company's new smartphones. For clarity, only explicit improvements, upgrades, and new features compared to the iPhone 12 lineup are listed. It is worth noting that...
original iphone

Phil Schiller Says iPhone Was 'Earth-Shattering' Ten Years Ago and Remains 'Unmatched' Today

Monday January 9, 2017 7:15 am PST by
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller sat down with tech journalist Steven Levy for a wide-ranging interview about the smartphone's past, present, and future. The report first reflects upon the iPhone's lack of support for third-party apps in its first year. The argument inside Apple was split between whether the iPhone should be a closed...
iPhone 13 Dummy Thumbnail 2

Kuo: iPhone 13 to Feature LEO Satellite Communications to Make Calls and Texts Without Cellular Coverage

Sunday August 29, 2021 7:39 am PDT by
The iPhone 13 will feature low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication connectivity to allow users to make calls and send messages in areas without 4G or 5G coverage, according to the reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors, seen by MacRumors, Kuo explained that the iPhone 13 lineup will feature hardware that is able to connect to LEO satellites. If enabled with the relevant...
maxresdefault

New MacBook Pro Models Coming at WWDC, Suggests Leaker

Monday May 24, 2021 1:27 pm PDT by
New MacBook Pro models are coming at WWDC, according to leaker Jon Prosser who has a mixed track record when it comes to predicting Apple's plans. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Prosser provided no additional information, but there are new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in the works. The new MacBook Pros will feature the most radical redesign to the MacBook Pro ...
omg lightning cable comparison

Security Researcher Develops Lightning Cable With Hidden Chip to Steal Passwords

Thursday September 2, 2021 6:59 am PDT by
A normal-looking Lightning cable that can used to steal data like passwords and send it to a hacker has been developed, Vice reports. The "OMG Cable" compared to Apple's Lightning to USB cable. The "OMG Cable" works exactly like a normal Lightning to USB cable and can log keystrokes from connected Mac keyboards, iPads, and iPhones, and then send this data to a bad actor who could be over a...
iphone 12 colors 2021

iPhone 12 Colors: Deciding on The Right Color

Thursday November 5, 2020 8:35 am PST by
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro arrived last October in a range of color options, with entirely new hues available on both devices, as well as some popular classics. The 12 and 12 Pro have different color choices, so if you have your heart set on a particular shade, you might not be able to get your preferred model in that color. iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12...
Top Stories 75 Thumbnail

Top Stories: Last-Minute iPhone 13 Rumors, Apple Announces App Store Changes, and More

Saturday September 4, 2021 6:00 am PDT by
The finish line is in sight! Apple's annual iPhone event is likely just a week or so away and all eyes will be on the company as it unveils the next version of its most popular product line. With any luck, we'll also see the next-generation Apple Watch and perhaps even some new AirPods. Other news this week saw Apple making some more changes to its App Store policies in response to a...
M1X MBP Feature

Leaker: Upcoming MacBook Pro to See Price Hike Over Current Model, Equal Performance Across 14 and 16-Inch Sizes

Tuesday August 24, 2021 5:28 am PDT by
The upcoming 14-inch MacBook Pro is set to be more expensive than the current 13-inch MacBook Pro and both the 14 and 16-inch models will offer the same performance, according to the leaker known as "Dylandkt." The leaker shared the information on Twitter, explaining that both of the upcoming MacBook Pro models, expected to come in 14 and 16-inch sizes, will feature the same performance due...