iTunes to Spotify - Transfer and Import iTunes Playlist to Spotify

Q: "I was able to click 'File' > 'Import Playlist' to import iTunes playlist to Spotify directly. But recently I can't find this menu anymore. What happened to the Spotify app? This is a deal-breaker for me to subscribe to the premium membership." - Question from a social community.

Spotify is undoubted a great streaming music platform that keeps adding new features. But it also removes some great features from its app. One of the deleted features is what the above mentioned, manually importing iTunes playlist to Spotify.

Fortunately, there are still 2 other ways to transfer iTunes playlist to Spotify. If you still want to get iTunes songs on Spotify, you can refer to one of them.

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Part 1. How to Import iTunes Playlist to Spotify Manually

Spotify has removed the top menu to import playlist from iTunes. But it still keeps the option to upload local files to Spotify via the "Add A Source". That's to say, you are able to add iTunes playlist to Spotify from your local computer. Please follow the steps to import iTunes library to Spotify.

Share iTunes Library File

Step 1. Open iTunes > Click "File" menu > "Edit" > "Preferences" to open the iTunes Preferences window.

Step 2. On the pop-up window, go to the "Advanced" tab.

Step 3. Select the checkbox beside the option "Share iTunes Library XML with other applications".

Step 4. Click "OK" to confirm and exit.

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Convert iTunes Playlists to MP3

Spotify is available to upload MP3 files, yet iTunes songs are in M4A or M4P format. Please follow the below steps to convert iTunes files to MP3 for adding to Spotify. Note: This way works for unprotected M4A iTunes playlists. For Apple Music M4P songs and iTunes M4P music, you need to skip to the way in Part 2.

Step 1. Navigate to the 'Preferences' option in iTunes and click it to open the setting window. You can hit on the 'General'> Import Settings' > 'MP3 Encoder' button.

Step 2. Discover the playlist in iTunes and select all songs that you'd like to add to Spotify. Tap the "File" > "Create New Version" > "Create MP3 Version" option, and then iTunes will export all songs to MP3.

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Import iTunes Playlist to Spotify Automatically

Step 1. Open Spotify desktop client, click the "downward-arrow" icon > "Settings" > Scroll down to the "Local Files" tab.

Step 2. Normally you will see the option "iTunes", "Music Library"; by default. You need to switch the option from "Off"; to "On". Then the unprotected iTunes songs will be imported automatically.

Step 3. Go back to the main screen, click "Local Files", all songs from the iTunes library are here.

Step 4. After that, you can go to your mobile devices to find the local files and listen to them easily.

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Notes: If there is no 'iTunes' option under the 'Local Files' section, please try the following way to import iTunes to Spotify. You can click the 'Add a Source' button and locate the iTunes library on your computer. And then, you can select iTunes playlists to import to Spotify.

Part 2. How to Transfer iTunes Playlist to Spotify - Best Way

The above way is easy but it comes with some limitations. All iTunes M4P songs and Apple Music files can't be added to Spotify due to FairPlay protection. So you still need another way to transfer iTunes to Spotify, which can convert all kinds of iTunes music.

To transfer iTunes library to Spotify in a better way, you can get help from an audio converter. DRmare iTunes Music Converter for Windows/DRmare Apple Music Converter for Mac is such a tool. It supports batch converting thousands of songs with a few clicks. No matter how many files you have, you can encode them quickly as you want. Without a doubt, this tool can convert iTunes playlist to Spotify compatible files.

DRmare iTunes to Spotify Playlist Converter

itunes to spotify playlist converter
  • Convert protected iTunes M4P songs, podcast, audiobooks
  • Convert any formats of audio files to MP3, WMA, M4A, AAC, M4B, FLAC
  • Edit your music files and archive your playlist by artist/album
  • Support all kinds of systems including the latest Windows 10 and macOS Big Sur

Please click the above icon to download the software on your computer. And please prepare the iTunes playlists files which you want to convert to Spotify. The following is the complete tutorial on how to transfer songs from iTunes to Spotify with the help of iTunes to Spotify converter.

Step 1Load iTunes M4P songs
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Drag & drop the music from the iTunes library to the DRmare main screen. Generally, it will be done in no time. For a big library let's say several thousand songs, it may take a few minutes. Note: If you import a lot of songs, please make sure you have a powerful computer with enough memory, else the process may be stuck.

Step 2Choose an audio format supported by Spotify
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Spotify supports MP3, AAC, OGG, FLAC audio files. Here you can choose AAC, MP3, or FLAC as the output format. To do this, please click the 'Format' icon from the main interface.
Step 3Convert iTunes playlist to Spotify
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Now, you can select an output folder. After that, please click the "Convert" button from the bottom right. This tool will start to convert iTunes songs to MP3 at a 30X faster speed. You can find common Spotify-supported iTunes playlists in the destination folder on your computer.
Step 4Transfer iTunes playlist to Spotify
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You can go back to the settings windows of the Spotify app. Please click the "Local Files" > "Add a Source" to copy iTunes playlist to Spotify. It is more flexible and better compatibility.
Video DemoHow to Transfer iTunes playlist to Spotify

Part 3. How to Add iTunes Songs to Spotify - Online Way

In this section, we'll share an online workaround to import playlist from iTunes to Spotify. This way is available for playlists generated by iTunes.

Soundiiz is a professional playlist converter and manager for popular streaming music services. The work operation is to sync playlist titles between two music streaming sites. It actually doesn't add local songs from iTunes to Spotify but the title only.

By using this method, it helps you not to re-create favorite iTunes playlists in Spotify. Put it another way, if your songs are exclusive in iTunes, they won't be synced to the Spotify library. If you don't mind this shortcoming, you can follow the steps below to export iTunes playlists to Spotify.

How to Add iTunes Playlist to Spotify

Step 1. Launch the iTunes app on your computer. You can start to browse and find the playlists you'd like to move to Spotify library.

Step 2. Click the '...' icon to choose the 'Share Playlist' > 'Copy Link' option to copy the iTunes playlist link.

Step 3. Navigate to the Soundiiz website page, and choose 'iTunes' in the platforms list.

Step 4. Paste the iTunes playlist URL and confirm it. You can follow the instruction to add iTunes music to Spotify.

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Note: There is another way to move iTunes library to Spotify via Soundiiz. This iTunes to Spotify converter supports a function of uploading .txt files. You can export iTunes playlists to .txt format in your iTunes software. After that, you can select 'iTunes' > 'upload the file' on Soundiiz to load the .txt file and sync iTunes to Spotify.

Part 4. In Conclusion

With the 3 methods above, you should get rid of the problems of putting iTunes music on Spotify.

For the first way, you don't need other tools but only do a few clicks directly. The problem is that it doesn't support iTunes M4P files.

The second solution requires a third-party program. But it can help you transfer all iTunes playlist to Spotify and organize music library better.

The last method allows you to import iTunes into Spotify online but only sync the song name. Anyway, it can transfer iTunes playlist to Spotify also.

You can pick up the method you want to do the sync process between iTunes to Spotify. What's your favorite way to import iTunes playlist to Spotify? Just share with us in the comment area.

Updated on Apr 20, 2021 3:39 PM / Updated for Apple Music Tips
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