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Porting from Spotify to Tidal

I hope I like Tidal because it’s been a lot of work to shift everything over (and I’m not done yet) ๐Ÿ˜‚ The interface looks pretty similar to Spotify. So far the lag to start playing a song seems pretty slow.

I picked Tidal because it’s the same price as Spotify Premium, they pay the musicians better, and it scrobbles to last.fm. Amazon Music doesn’t scrobble directly, though I did discover I have 850 songs in my Amazon Music library.

I followed along with Violet Blue’s guide and used TuneMyMusic, except that I decided I couldn’t follow through on only doing a thousand songs at a time, since I had 10,000 songs to transfer.

The first time I loaded it, it only loaded 200 playlists, then I sprung for the paid version and it found 400 playlists when I reloaded ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ I decided to release the burden of my college era weekly playlists that I’ve saved but not listened to in fifteen years, so I unchecked enough to get down to 229 playlists.

According to Exportify, I have 618 playlists ๐Ÿค” The missing 200 are mostly old playlists and duplicates I created of local file versions so that I could sync to my ipod, but there are probably some I’ll want. I may try to run the full process again — maybe it finds 200 more playlists each time ๐Ÿค”

36 of the playlists ported over empty ๐Ÿคจ Not a super impressive track record. I am now manually doing those one at a time using the playlist URI.

It brought them over to Tidal starting from the top of my Spotify file sorting and working their way down. Most playlists were missing only one or two songs, with the most missing five or six. I spent probably two and half hours moving things around, sorting and QCing the playlists — typed up the missing tracks from each playlist in a Word doc to see if I want to buy the song or check whether it was just a mismatch. Still have probably 20 individual playlists to move over.

I remember when I started using Spotify that my main worry was that I’d be trapped there since they didn’t have a way to get your playlists out of their service ๐Ÿ˜  Fortunately, the market’s come up with third-party apps to do it. Although, as apparent from my experience, they aren’t necessarily great ๐Ÿ™„

I’m cognizant I’m changing one walled garden for another, so I’ve got some more thinking to do on my best complete music system going forward…

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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