Tip: Move Your Music Collection to a New Subscription Service

Tip: Move Your Music Collection to a New Subscription Service

Those looking to switch digital music services now have an option called Stamp that appears to work semi-universally. This will be particularly interesting to those wishing to leave Groove behind for Spotify or another service.

The only downside is that you’ll have to pay for this service. But Stamp’s prices are one-time and reasonable, especially if you’re serious about moving an entire music collection—your songs and playlists—to a new service.

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And, yes, I paid for it—the cost is $10 to $15, depending on which options you need—to make sure it works. (If you don’t pay, you can only transfer 10 songs at a time. So you can experiment with this yourself before you commit.)

Stamp has apps for Windows, Android, and iOS. I used the Windows desktop application, first, and experimented with moving playlists between Groove and Spotify. That worked as expected, and it warned me when the odd song couldn’t be added on the Spotify side, and gave me a way to export that list so I could try manually later.

I also tried the iOS app, and in this case I moved playlists from Groove to Amazon Music, and to Spotify.

Everything worked as expected. For example, when I run the Spotify app on my phone, the new playlists are right there at the top, ready to play.

I’ll keep experimenting with this, but it appears that Stamp solves a real problem and makes your music collection—for those with subscription services, certainly—more portable than ever.


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  • Michał Hernas

    04 July, 2017 - 11:05 am

    <p>Hi, founder of FreeYourMusic.com here <img draggable="false" class="emoji" alt="?" src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.3/svg/1f609.svg"></p><p>Thank you for such kind words!</p><p>I have a 30% discount code for all Thurrott readers: THURROTT</p>

    • emanon2121

      04 July, 2017 - 12:43 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#135660"><em>In reply to hernas:</em></a></blockquote><p>Does your service sync Playlist? I have two accounts and want to sync Playlists automatically. </p>

    • thisisdonovan

      04 July, 2017 - 5:24 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#135660"><em>In reply to hernas:</em></a></blockquote><blockquote><em>Hi there, does your service move artists I've liked? Playlists aren't much use to me but moving artists I follow is.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

    • cornholio

      Premium Member
      04 July, 2017 - 6:46 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#135660"><em>In reply to hernas:</em></a></blockquote><p>Tried to purchase using discount code…get error that it 'has been used too many times'. :(</p>

    • NazmusLabs

      05 July, 2017 - 1:02 am

      <blockquote><a href="#135660"><em>In reply to hernas:</em></a></blockquote><p>Please bring the desktop app to the Windows Store. It should be very simple to do, and will be extremely beneficial to customers. Auto updates (without extra processes running to check for updates), not messing up registry, and easy uninstall. I don't want to deal with .exe files. Once it is in the store, I would love to install it.</p>

      • Johnny Johnny Zerb

        13 November, 2017 - 1:52 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#135759"><em>In reply to NazmusLabs:</em></a></blockquote><blockquote><em>i recommend an amazing tool to move/migrate music from one platform to an other platform.Just click here and find a very powerful tool.</em></blockquote><blockquote><em>musconv.com</em></blockquote>

  • scumdogmillionaire

    04 July, 2017 - 11:31 am

    <p>I'm a Groove fan. We have 3 Xbox Ones in the house because they're our main entertainment source from TV to Netflix and Hulu and finally, Groove. Likewise we have three, yes three, Groove Music Passes for each member of the family, paid annually. I also listen to Groove on my Surface Book most of the day while I work.</p><p><br></p><p>But… this week we got an Amazon Echo. And well, that's a lot easier to deal with music. Groove has a very limited window with me for it to get on board with a family plan as well as Echo support or it's sayonara Groove.</p>

    • kcarson97404

      Premium Member
      04 July, 2017 - 2:40 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#135666"><em>In reply to scumdogmillionaire:</em></a></blockquote><p>I just made the move from Groove to Spotify due to Amazon Echo support. I miss the look and feel of Groove on Windows, but the Android app for Groove was terrible and I never was able to get my XBox One to play Groove while playing a game. With Echo support, a new windows Store version, a superior Android experience, a family plan, and more robust community, I'm afraid after many years, Microsoft has lost me as a Groove customer.</p>

  • bassoprofundo

    Premium Member
    04 July, 2017 - 11:45 am

    <p>This looks awesome. I wish I'd seen this when I gave up on Groove about six months ago. I piece-mealed my stuff over to Google Play music, and even with my limited amount of playlists, it seriously sucked.</p>

  • JudaZuk

    04 July, 2017 - 11:46 am

    <p>Forza Horizon 3 supports Groove, Spotify does not… I prefer Groove anyway so I'm staying put ;)</p>

  • PlistConverter

    04 July, 2017 - 1:23 pm

    <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">There are other free, advertised or paid services like the website </span><a style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;" href="https://soundiiz.com&quot; target="_blank">Soundiiz</a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> or of course my Windows 10 UWP app </span><a style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;" href="https://playlistconverter.net&quot; target="_blank">Playlist Converter</a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">. My app can convert between Spotify, Deezer, Groove and Napster and import iTunes, YouTube and various playlists file formats.</span></p>

    • NazmusLabs

      04 July, 2017 - 2:08 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#135681"><em>In reply to PlistConverter:</em></a></blockquote><p>I'll take a look at your UWP app, thanks!</p><p><br></p><p>Note to any uwp devs: I refuse to use apps that show laziness by developers, namely: apps with unaligned UI controls, standard Visual Studio templates, and, of course, in your face ads/full-screen ads that appear every 2 seconds or ads so badly placed that they cover UI control elements. I might sound like I'm exaggerating, but sadly, I'm not. </p>

    • NazmusLabs

      05 July, 2017 - 12:59 am

      <blockquote><a href="#135681"><em>In reply to PlistConverter:</em></a></blockquote><p>Okay, I tried your app, Playlist Converter. I wasn't able to do anything because it says I need a groove music pass. I have spotify premium as part of my phone plan. I also have groove playlists that contain audio stored on OneDrive and my purchased tracks. I was hoping to transfer those to Spotify. Dissapointed, I suppose.</p><p><br></p><p>P.S. The App UI and the app itself is well made. Good work!</p>

      • PlistConverter

        05 July, 2017 - 12:21 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#135747"><em>In reply to NazmusLabs:</em></a> Thanks for trying the app. The app is indeed for Groove Music Pass playlists and not for the offline or OneDrive playlists. This function is on my todo list…</blockquote><p><br></p>

        • NazmusLabs

          06 July, 2017 - 12:30 pm

          <blockquote><a href="#135879"><em>In reply to PlistConverter:</em></a></blockquote><p>Well, technically, there is no "offline" or "onedrive" playlists. It's just groove playlist because a playlist can contain a mix of Groove music pass song PLUS, local songs, PLUS OneDrive songs. In fact, the groove music pass songs in the playlist will still be present if your pass expires. Furthermore, if you have the same song in your local library, playlists containing groove music pass songs will recognize the local song and replace the music pass version with the local one just so the playlist is playable!</p><p><br></p><p>Also, consider this scenario. Imagine someone already switched to Spotify. They stopped paying for groove. To ask them to resubscribe to Groove just to transfer the songs is just customer unfriendly. That's because, like I noted, even if the pass expires, the playlist doesn't go away. Same with Spotify. You can let your subscription lapse but your playlist will remain!</p><p><br></p><p>Thanks for making the app better!</p>

  • prettyconfusd

    04 July, 2017 - 3:41 pm

    <p>Sticking with Groove for now, it has improved so much over the past year or two and I prefer it to Spotify for most things. But it's great to see these options, I have often worried what I'll do if/when Microsoft decide to drop Groove and only give us all a months notice.</p>

  • thisisdonovan

    04 July, 2017 - 5:21 pm

    <p>I'd like to know if this is a paid ad, or just a tip?</p><p><br></p><p>Looks and smells like an ad being passed off as an article. </p>

  • Daekar

    04 July, 2017 - 7:45 pm

    <p>So… I guess I am in the minority in that playlists are something I never ever bother with. Because this service seems silly to me. </p><p>I barely use Spotify or anything else because I just run my MP3s from OneDrive or Google Play, and I usually listen by artist or genre. </p><p><br></p>

    • Rob_Wade

      04 July, 2017 - 8:16 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#135737"><em>In reply to Daekar:</em></a> I'm the same. Never had a need for playlists. I either play a song or a play an album or artist. I don't use Spotify, and I'd kill myself before using Google. I have our family's entire music collection on our server, which has its own Microsoft account. That account has been added to our Office 365 subscription, so we have plenty of OneDrive storage that the collection is backed up to. For music we don't store on our devices (which is a must when you live in a part of the country where access to cell service, much less decent data coverage, is sparse) we can easily access our entire collection from one point. </blockquote><p><br></p>

    • JudaZuk

      06 July, 2017 - 12:43 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#135737"><em>In reply to Daekar:</em></a><em> – I barely use playlists either. Only time I use a playlist really is when I use Groove to play music in Forza Horizon 3 on my Xbox , then a playlist is needed (to play it via the games car radio) </em></blockquote><p><br></p>

  • wolters

    Premium Member
    05 July, 2017 - 9:44 am

    <p>I've used this for sometime and it helps but is far from perfect. I can't seem to move my collection/libraries…just playlists. </p><p><br></p><p>I actually have 3 music services and they all serve their purposes but I'd love to settle on one what would work with all my devices. Google Music comes close because of the family plan with YouTube Red. A fantastic deal. If it had an XBOX App and worked by voice command on Amazon Echo, I'd drop my other services. I keep Groove because well, I go all the way back to Zune Pass and I love the XBOX one app. I like Amazon music due to the low cost and how well it works with the Echo's. </p><p><br></p><p>There is no happy medium for me right now. 🙁 </p>

  • zorb56

    Premium Member
    05 July, 2017 - 9:56 am

    <p>I have too many unreleased songs and obscure b-sides by my favorite bands that I can't do without. I love Spotify, but until those tracks can be "matched" it just contains a shell of my collection. </p>

  • Patrick3D

    05 July, 2017 - 11:02 am

    <p>When the iPhone 7 came out I simply bought the 256GB model so my entire music library could be synced. I forget how I did it but I have everything including FLAC rips stored on the phone and use the "FLAC Player+" app for playback. I've tried streaming services but never got much use out of them, too much "popular music" for my tastes.</p>

  • Brandonlpierce

    Premium Member
    06 July, 2017 - 9:41 am

    <p>I've used Soundiiz in the past. Free but doesn't work with Amazon Music IIRC.</p>

  • lavintek

    08 July, 2017 - 2:26 pm

    <p>This has been a great find/tip. Thanks!</p>

  • Jonne70

    Premium Member
    20 July, 2017 - 1:21 pm

    <p>Purchased the service today, trying to move my Spotify playlists to groove. It fails miserably. It forces matching to songs that I have stored in my Onedrive, even if only one word in the title matches. it makes 0 effort to match sportify playlist songs to songs in the online Groove service. Of the 250 songs that it tried to match, about 1-5% were match correctly, the rest a total failure. It doesn't check the artist, it doesn't check the year. One word in the title from Spotify that matches a local mp3 = the service considers a perfect match. DO NOT BUY, this is what I would call a total scam.</p>

  • barrygreen

    27 September, 2017 - 10:16 am

    <p>I tried STAMP but it could not move the whole playlist at once. I googled and found the MusConv.com tool which worked better. I think other tools out there can also do a better job.</p>

  • JoshuaCrip

    18 November, 2017 - 10:13 am

    <p><span style="color: black;">Transfer your tracks and playlists to Apple Music, Spotify, Google Music and more for free with MusConv :&gt;&gt; </span><em style="color: blue;">https:// musconv.com/</em></p>

  • elainecarey

    04 January, 2018 - 9:43 pm

    <p>Thanks for sharing Stamp to me. I would like to recommend that you guys can backup your Spotify songs in the MP3 format with the help of TuneFab Spotify Music Converter if you want to use Stamp instead of Spotify.</p>

  • dangreen

    08 November, 2018 - 5:50 am

    <p>Use http://www.musconv.com tool to move your music collection</p>

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