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Though playlists aren’t as necessary as they used to be due to Spotify’s “Your Music” feature, many users are using them to categorize their favorite tunes. For example, the Starred playlist which was previously front and center might contain your master list of tracks; it would be a pity to lose it.
Spotify really needs a way to backup all playlists with songs. A friend just lost all her songs, not playlists… I would cry…
— André (@AndrC3A9) March 16, 2014
Fortunately, with just a bit of preparation you can back up any Spotify playlist.
In Spotify’s app, you’ll see all your playlists along the left-hand side. You can drag and drop tracks all around the app without having to manually copy and paste, but did you know that you can also drag song links outside Spotify?
That’s the trick to backing up – simply drag a playlist from Spotify over to another application. A spreadsheet in Excel or Google Sheets is probably the best method, but you can also use a text file since this just creates a URL to your playlist. Clicking it will launch the Spotify Web Player, and you’ll have access to your playlist!
If you’d like to back up songs individually for some reason, take advantage of keyboard shortcuts; select multiple tracks by holding CTRL (CMD on a Mac), or grab them all at once by pressing CTRL + A (CMD + A on a Mac). It’s smarter to backup the playlist itself though, as re-assembling an existing playlist from songs would be tedious.
Tip: In case Spotify ever accidentally crashes your account; you can backup playlists by selecting all songs, copy, paste into a text file.
— Kevin van Zonneveld (@kvz) May 3, 2013
What Spotify playlist will you be backing up? Let us know the music you’ve been listening to in a comment!
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