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Music Fan
‎2012-03-21 03:58 PM

I have two spotify accounts

and I want to copy my playlists from the old account to my new account.

How do I do that ?

/Jennie

 

 

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Re: two accounts copying playlists

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Gig Goer
‎2016-06-01 06:21 PM

After much trial and error, here's the simplest and only reliable way I've found to copy entire playlists from one Spotify account to another without having to "follow" the owner of the original playlist.

 

NOTE:  This method only works using the Spotify desktop client installed to your local machine. So wherever “Spotify” is referenced below, you must perform that step using this client (as opposed to the Spotify web site or mobile app).

 

First, set up your directories:

 

  1. Launch the Spotify client.
  2. Log into the NEW Spotify account that you want to transfer your songs to.
  3. In Spotify:
    1. Create a new playlist named something like *INCOMING XFERS* and leave it empty for now. (You will use this playlist as a temporary storage area during the transfer process.)
    2. Create a new (empty) playlist for each playlist you will be transferring over.
  4. On your local machine:
    1. Create a new folder on your desktop to use for export / import.
    2. Under that folder, create individual subfolders for each playlist.
  5. Log out of the NEW Spotify account.

Next, grab the links to the playlists you wish to copy from the OLD Spotify account:

 

  1. Log onto the OLD Spotify account.
  2. From the left panel of the Spotify window, click to select a playlist, and then drag+drop it onto the corresponding subfolder you created for it on your local machine in step 4.2 above. (This will create a URL shortcut to that playlist located on the OLD account.)
  3. Repeat for all playlists you wish to transfer.
  4. Log out of the OLD account.

Next, copy your playlists over to the NEW Spotify account:

 

  1. Log onto the NEW Spotify account.
  2. Drag one of the playlist URLs from your local folder into the empty *INCOMING XFERS* playlist. (Note that under the playlist name, it says “Created by:” the username of the OLD account. This is important, because it indicates that your new playlist is still linked to the other account.  As a result, those songs will disappear as soon as you leave the *INCOMING XFERS* playlist unless you click the “Follow” button – but if you do that, the owner of the OLD account will still continue to own the playlist. The steps below will show you how to move the songs to a new playlist that is independently owned by the user of the NEW account.)
  3. With the *INCOMING XFERS* playlist displayed, click any song from the list, then Ctrl+A to select them all.
  4. Drag all of the songs over to the corresponding (empty) playlist you created for it in Step 3.1 under the "Set up your directories" section. (Note that the playlist name says “Created by:” the username of the NEW account. This means that the user of the NEW account permanently owns that playlist.)
  5. Return to the *INCOMING XFERS* playlist (which is now empty again).
  6. Repeat the steps in this section for all remaining playlists you wish to transfer.
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Re: two accounts copying playlists

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‎2012-03-21 04:45 PM

Hi Jennie,

 

Welcome to the Community!

 

What I would suggest is to subscribe to the playlists on your other account. For this, you'd need to find your Spotify profile inside Spotify. Don't worry, this is nice and easy. Just type in 'spotify:user:username' in the Spotify search box. So, for example, to find your 'hjalmarsons' account, you would type in... spotify:user:hjalmarsons

 

Once you get to the profile, you'll be able to subscribe to all of those playlists. 

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Re: two accounts copying playlists

Singer
‎2012-03-21 04:45 PM

At the moment, there is not much in the way of a playlist export function in Spotify.  It is a feature that has been suggested, but not yet implemented.  There is one way to do it that I can think of, but it may require that the other account stay active.  Although if the old account stays open as a free account, it should not be too much of a problem.

 

To do it, first, log into your old account.  If you have several playlists, you will probably also want to open some sort of text editor as well (Notepad on Windows, or Text Edit on Mac should work just fine).  The next part is a little tedious, but better than completely recreating all your playlists.  Right click on the first playlist you want to copy, and then select "Copy Spotify URI."  Paste the copied URI into your text editor.  Repeat these steps for each playlist you would like to copy to your new account.

 

Once you have completed copying the Spotify URIs for each playlist, log out of your old account, and log into your new account.  Go back into the text editor you have open, and copy the first URI.  Switch back over to Spotify, and paste it into the search box on the upper right corner, and hit enter.  The playlist should display in the center pane.  To the right of the album cover graphic, you should see a "Subscribe" button.  Click the subscribe button, and it should appear in the playlist section on the left side of the screen.

 

One thing to keep in mind: On your old account, if your playlists are not published, this will likely not work.  If you don't remember deselecting the publish option for the playlist, you should not need to worry about it because they are published by default.  If you have, simply right click on the playlist in your old account, and ensure "Publish" has a check next to it.

 

Hopefully this will work for you!

Re: two accounts copying playlists

Singer
‎2012-03-21 04:46 PM

Doh!  Sam beat me to it.  His solution sounds easier too, but I'll leave my post up anyway.  ;)

Re: two accounts copying playlists

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‎2012-03-21 04:49 PM

Just. Yours will work wonders too.

It is also worth pointing out (in my method, as well as jvanderb's) that playlists will need to be 'published' in order for them to show in your profile.

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Re: two accounts copying playlists

Singer
‎2012-03-21 05:11 PM

Yes...by mere seconds! 

 

I noted the need to have the playlists published.  One thing I am not too sure about though - if the old account were to be closed, would those subscribed playlists go away?

 

Thanks Sam!

Re: two accounts copying playlists

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‎2012-03-22 10:19 AM
No, the playlists wouldn't disappear. But it would be quite tricky finding them.

I've just edited my reply regarding the publishing thing.
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Re: two accounts copying playlists

Music Fan
‎2012-03-22 11:20 AM
Many thanks Sam and jvanderb
It worked out just great!
Now I can also copy by drag and drop from the subscribed playlists to new versions of my favourite playlists on my new account.
Have a great music day.

Re: two accounts copying playlists

Music Fan
‎2012-09-20 02:27 AM

Thanks a lot. It worked for me.


jvanderb wrote:

At the moment, there is not much in the way of a playlist export function in Spotify.  It is a feature that has been suggested, but not yet implemented.  There is one way to do it that I can think of, but it may require that the other account stay active.  Although if the old account stays open as a free account, it should not be too much of a problem.

 

To do it, first, log into your old account.  If you have several playlists, you will probably also want to open some sort of text editor as well (Notepad on Windows, or Text Edit on Mac should work just fine).  The next part is a little tedious, but better than completely recreating all your playlists.  Right click on the first playlist you want to copy, and then select "Copy Spotify URI."  Paste the copied URI into your text editor.  Repeat these steps for each playlist you would like to copy to your new account.

 

Once you have completed copying the Spotify URIs for each playlist, log out of your old account, and log into your new account.  Go back into the text editor you have open, and copy the first URI.  Switch back over to Spotify, and paste it into the search box on the upper right corner, and hit enter.  The playlist should display in the center pane.  To the right of the album cover graphic, you should see a "Subscribe" button.  Click the subscribe button, and it should appear in the playlist section on the left side of the screen.

 

One thing to keep in mind: On your old account, if your playlists are not published, this will likely not work.  If you don't remember deselecting the publish option for the playlist, you should not need to worry about it because they are published by default.  If you have, simply right click on the playlist in your old account, and ensure "Publish" has a check next to it.

 

Hopefully this will work for you!


 

Re: two accounts copying playlists

Music Lover
‎2012-12-06 10:28 AM


 

What I would suggest is to subscribe to the playlists on your other account. For this, you'd need to find your Spotify profile inside Spotify. Don't worry, this is nice and easy. Just type in 'spotify:user:username' in the Spotify search box. So, for example, to find your 'hjalmarsons' account, you would type in... spotify:user:hjalmarsons

 

Once you get to the profile, you'll be able to subscribe to all of those playlists. 


First, sorry for bringing back an old thread!
What will happen to the playlists when I delete the other "orginal" account, which I have subscribed to? Will the playlists disappear from both accounts, or will the playlists change ownership to my new account?

 

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