If you are reading this, you probably heard the news this week about Rdio shutting down. It’s been everywhere. I just wish all these tech journalists had talked more about this great music streaming service before they filed for bankruptcy.
I, as a rabid Rdio user, have been at a bit of a loss as to where to go from here. Pandora bought the tech of Rdio and plans to incorporate it, but that’s at least an year away. I do like Pandora, but I am a person who cultivates my own music (no matter what Jimmy Iovine thinks.) There is Apple Music, but my iTunes application crashes every other time I open it. So, until things get sorted out, I have turned to Spotify.
I have to say, the user interface is much better than in years past – although I am already missing the music discovery based on what your friends listened to – that thing Rdio provided so well.
Either way, my first response when I heard the news was, “WHAT ABOUT ALL MY PLAYLISTS???” I have so many of them with hundreds and hundreds of songs in each.
After a great deal of searching and experimentation, I have found a way that, while a bit slow, seems to be the most successful method of all I tried.
Export Your Rdio Playlists
- Download and install the Rdio Enhancer extension for Chrome.
- Visit Rdio.com on the web via Chrome (not via the desktop application) and log in to your account .
- Click on the playlist you want to export.
- Now, when you click on the circle with the 3 dots, there should be a dropdown menu with “Extras.”
- Pull out to “Export to CSV.”
- Repeat for every playlist.
- Now you have a text-based backup of all your Rdio playlists!
Import Into Spotify
- Visit Ivyisphere.org (this is a free service, but I did so many imports that I donated to them via Paypal.)
- Click “Import Your Playlist Now.”
- Browse for your CSV file, check “Only include original performances (no covers)” and select your country.
- Click “Upload.”
- Match the columns headers to the data. In my case, the first column was “track title” and the second was “artist.” I allowed Ivy to ignore the last two columns.
- Click confirm.
- Ivy will recognize how many songs are in the playlist, then click “Spotify this playlist.”
- Be patient. As I mentioned, some of my playlists were well over 500 songs, so it took a while. Ivy choked once or twice, but generally as long as it was continually counting, everything was coming in fine. (If it choked, I just started the process over again.)
- Click the music note to copy the playlist.
- Open the Spotify desktop app.
- Click “New Playlist” and name it accordingly.
- Click on your new playlist, it will be empty. Paste (Command + V) and all the songs will flow in.
- Done! It won’t get all of the songs, but this method is far better than any other I have tried.
Let me know how it goes for you, and if you have any more suggestions for music discovery!
RIP, Rdio. Oh how we’ll miss you.