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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…

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How to bail on Spotify

Bookmarked How to break up with Spotify by Violet Blue (patreon.com)

Here’s a handy privacy-forward guide to ditching Spotify after the company formalized its commitment to Team Pandemic.

We were just chatting about music services and tracking at this week’s Homebrew Website Club, and I shared my cynicism that Spotify purposefully makes the experience of listening to music you own hard and shitty. Add in my thinking about listening to albums more and Spotify’s doubling down on misinformation, and it sounds like I need to give my music setup some thought.

I have over 600 playlists, so I need a service that will import them as well as possible.

I also need something that scrobbles with last.fm.

And I need something to manage my owned music library, which may be a second piece of software.

I have bought a lot of music through Amazon music over the years because they sold individual tracks DRM free, and they ‘give you’ digital copies of most physical albums you’ve bought. (Convenient since I don’t have a CD-ROM to rip CDs anymore.) So they may be a logical option.

I never expected Spotify to take Joe Rogan off the air — they have gone all in on podcasts and he’s their biggest bet — but I do feel like there should be some conversation about disinformation, and what a platform’s responsibility is to disallow misleading falsehoods during a pandemic (and also let’s talk about undermining democracy), and how that could even be practically feasible on an audio medium. Instead, Spotify said nothing about misinformation, not even the shitty line that they’re just a publisher and have no responsibility for amplifying a message of harm to 200 million subscribers.

We need to talk about it, and I know why they don’t want to, and I know they don’t want to take any responsibility, and I know they don’t want to get into the info verification game, but FFS, even Twitter and Facebook realized that some things are too dangerous to let go completely unchecked.