+ Wednesday October 16th, 2019

Perhaps you’re sick of Google’s approach to various platforms. Perhaps you just want a service that’s better maintained, or won’t be killed off in a year or two to be replaced by a (currently) well inferior product. Whatever your motivation, there’s a number of good reasons to ditch Google Play Music and there’s also some great alternatives out there.

However, if you’re like me, chances are you’ve built up a pretty extensive library in Google Play Music and moving to a new platform means you’re going to have to start from scratch, finding the albums, artists, tracks and most importantly playlists that you’ve curated.

You don’t have to start from scratch. In fact, I set up a Spotify account and brought across my Google Play Music library all within the space of about 5 minutes. How? With a service called Soundiiz, and about $4.50.

Unfortunately, the service isn’t quite foolproof; there’s a few artist’s albums I had pegged in Google Play Music that didn’t come across. However, they were quite easy to find – and to be honest – it’s not albums/artists I really care about. If I decide I want to listen to them again, finding an album or an artist takes mere seconds.

It’s my playlists I don’t want to lose. It’s songs I’ve heard on the radio, out and about, in a club, or anywhere else that I’ve decided I might like to hear again. Those can’t be easily re-created and moving services means these have to come with me, no ifs and no buts.

Soundiiz takes care of this. Easily. Here’s how:

  1. Open up the Soundiiz web app, here
  2. Create an account, if you don’t already have one. You can easily sign up using your Google account.
  3. Click on Platform to Platform in left panel of the interface
  4. Select Google Play Music as source service (and connect this platform)
  5. Choose categories you want to transfer (playlists, albums, artists, tracks) by checking the corresponding box in left
  6. Select Spotify as destination service (and connect this platform)
  7. The transfer process run in background. You can see batch progression in real time in your Batches list – it takes about five minutes.

You can, of course, just transfer some of your data – e.g. just your playlists – without transferring the rest, you choose what you want to copy across.

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Bear in mind at Step 7, if you don’t have a premium Soundiiz subscription, you’ll be prompted to create one. At $4.50 (USD) or about $6.00 locally, a one-month subscription is easy to create (and cancel once your transfer is done). Of course, you could keep it if you want, but there’s probably no good reason to do so if all you’re doing is transferring data from one service to another once-off.

As I noted above, the entire process, from creating a new Spotify account (it doesn’t need to be a premium one at this point), to creating a Soundiiz account, punching in my credit card, and migrating my data, took all of about five minutes.

If you’re thinking of ditching Google Play Music, this service might just make it easier.

 

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Krasnal
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Krasnal

LoL? Are you seriously advising switching to an inferior service, for additional fee, just bcoz of some baseless speculations?? How does it make sense to anyone? Unless it’s paid editorial ofcoz.

Dontneedit
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Dontneedit

Why not just download all your music from google play music and just drag it on over? This feels like someone is getting a kickback from these sales. You already paid for the music once you don’t have to pay to move what is already yours. You can even do this on apple.

Bob
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Bob

Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

Corey
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Corey

Sick of Google Play music? Lmao now why would you be and why would you use Spotify instead? 😂

Alexander King
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Alexander King

I love GPM. Why would I switch?

Fiammetta
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Fiammetta

Well, people forget about GPM’s backup feature, that acts like a personal streaming service that uses all the music you upload to it, with a ridiculously huge space you get totally free (+50k songs). Download and remove albums in one click, stream them to multiple devices in the quality you want, etc. Any actual streaming service is lame and pointless if you have a big enough collection on your GPM’s personal account, since those services are restricted to a catalog, which is bad when you listen to more than just music for normies. But of course, normies won’t ever think… Read more »

William Beckett
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I have contemplated the switch to Spotify (from GPM) more than once now and the only thing that keeps me with GPM/YTM is the ad-free YouTube. I don’t want to pay for YouTube premium (to get ad-free) plus another streaming service. I’d love to make the switch, but I just can’t do without ad-free YouTube.

Ozboy
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Ozboy

Handy tip, thanks.

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