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[Solved] The Best Possible Way to Import iTunes Playlist to Spotify

By Catrina Jones

Updated on March 31, 2019

Have you seen other people ask about this issue before?

"I used to be able to import my iTunes playlist into Spotify for listening and I've been doing this for years. But suddenly, this feature doesn’t exist anymore. I've tried reinstalling Spotify, but I still cannot find the [Import Playlist] option. Does anyone know why this feature was gone?"

You can't import playlist from iTunes to Spotify because Spotify team have removed this feature in February 2018. Actually, it's not the first time Spotify did something like this, I mean, they always quietly disable a feature which seems to be useless to them. It is quite annoying sometimes. So, is there a possible way to transfer iTunes playlist to Spotify? The answer is yes. Practical solution will be provided in this guide to fix the issue.

What You'll Need

1. iTunes

Make sure you have installed the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

2. Spotify

Also, it's necessary to install Spotify on PC.

3. Windows or Mac Computer

4. TuneFab Apple Music Converter (Optional)

If an iTunes song is in M4A or M4P (Protected AAC Audio) format which is not supported by Spotify, you won't be able to add the music to Spotify library. So, you need to use a tool like TuneFab Apple Music Converter to convert iTunes M4A songs and Apple Music M4P songs to MP3, which is fully compatible with Spotify.

How to Import iTunes Playlist to Spotify on Desktop

Although the "Import iTunes Playlist" feature is gone, you can still use Spotify to play songs from computer (local music files) by adding them in Preferences.

Step 1. Convert iTunes Songs to MP3

It’s necessary to convert iTunes songs to MP3 format because you can only add MP3 songs into Spotify. So, please check the format of your iTunes music first, and if the format is M4A or M4P, you can follow the instructions to convert them to MP3.

For iTunes M4A songs:

You can easily convert iTunes M4A songs to MP3 with iTunes. If you don’t know how to do it, you can check out this guide.

For Apple Music M4P songs:

You need to use TuneFab Apple Music Converter to convert Apple Music to MP3 because iTunes cannot convert protected Apple Music.

Step 2. Add MP3 Songs into iTunes Library

From step 1, you have already converted a bunch of MP3 songs and stored them on computer. The next thing to do is to check if these MP3 songs are stored in your iTunes library.

If all the MP3 songs are available in your iTunes music library and you can locate the files in Windows Explorer, then you can go to Step 3.

If you use TuneFab Apple Music Converter to convert your Apple Music songs to MP3, you need to manually put the converted files back to your iTunes library: Go to "File" > select "Add File to Library" or "Add Folder to Library" to import the converted songs into iTunes.

Add MP3 Songs to iTunes Library

Step 3. Enable "Show Local Files" Feature in Spotify

Launch Spotify and go to Settings. You will see the "Show Local Files" option under "Local Files". Switch the toggle button to "ON" status, and you will see the following options:

1. Show songs from iTunes

2. Show songs from Downloads

3. Show songs from Music Library

Enable the above options by switching the button to "ON".

Add Local Files to Spotify

Step 4. Click "Local Files" from the Left Panel

Under "YOUR LIBRARY" section, you will see a category named "Local Files". Tab on it and you will see all your iTunes MP3 songs from there.

CLick Local Files from Spotify

Step 5. Create A New Spotify Playlist for Your iTunes Songs

Now you can create a new playlist in the "PLAYLIST" section and drag and drop the iTunes songs from "Local Files" into your new playlist.

After that, you can feel free to enjoy your iTunes music on PC with your Spotify.

Drag Local Files to Spotify Playlist

How to Add iTunes Playlists to Spotify on Mobile and Tablet

Now that you've transferred iTunes playlists to Spotify, you might want to know if you can get access to the imported iTunes music on your Spotify mobile app. Well, that depends on which Spotify plan you are using.

If you are a Spotify Premium user, you can get access to the imported playlist on your mobile: 

Step 1. Log into Spotify on your mobile or tablet using the same WiFi network as your desktop. 

Step 2. Find out the playlist containing the imported iTunes songs and tab on it. Switch on Download.

But if you are using the free version of Spotify, then you won’t be able to use this feature.

Note: If your device has enough storage space, you can directly transfer the iTunes songs into your device with a USB cable.

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