Switching from one music streaming service to another can be a pain, especially if you have a lot of lovingly crafted playlists you want to keep hold of. We’ve all got better things to do than manually find every single song in every single playlist you want to keep. But the big streaming services don’t offer an easy way to switch them over – thankfully, there’s another way.

Note: we’ll be looking here specifically at switching between Spotify and Apple Music – but this also works with other big-name streaming services including Google, Amazon, Deezer and Tidal.

SongShift

This app allows you to copy playlists between music services. When we first tried it last year it still had a few teething problems, but it’s improved a lot since launch. It’s a free download so grab it from the App Store and we’ll get started.

Get SongShift

When you first use the app, you’ll need to authorize access to any streaming services you use. To do this, tap any services you want to connect from the options along the bottom. In our example, that’s Apple Music and Spotify. You’ll be taken to the app in question to confirm the authorization, and then returned to SongShift.

Tap a service along the bottom to start a shift. You’ll be prompted to choose the playlist you want to move, and the destination service to move it to. So if you’re moving from Spotify to Apple Music, pick the services in that order.

You’ll then be returned to the start screen, where you can track the progress of the shift. It usually takes several minutes to move everything across, but you can leave the app to get on with it while you do something else.

Once a shift is complete, it will appear in the recent section along the top. Tap to see the details of the conversion, including any songs that failed to match. This is usually due to a disparity between the streaming catalogs, but sometimes is an error from the app. It’s worth trying a manual search for any missed songs in your music app of choice to see if it’s possible to add them manually.

Finally, check the destination app and you should find your playlist has transferred across!

The free version of the app is supported by occasional ads. For a one-off $4/£4 purchase you can upgrade to Songshift Pro, which removes the ads and adds useful features like shifting multiple playlists at once, and automatically keeping them updated if you make changes.

If you’ve made the transition and miss your old tunes, now’s the time to get your playlists transferred to your new streaming service of choice. Happy listening!