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Spotify – Back Up Those Playlists!

Friday, October 21st, 2011 by | Filed Under: Multimedia, Using The Internet

Anyone who uses Spotify knows that they keep an online database of your playlists on the cloud so you can access them from anywhere simply by logging into your Spotify account.

But what if there’s a catastrophic server failure and the database gets wiped? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a backup of  your beloved playlists?

It’s a simple procedure and also a pretty good idea. You never know what’ll happen, after all. So, open up Spotify, select the first song in your playlist and hit Ctrl-A to select all.

…now just drag them into an open Word or Open Office Writer document window and save the file somewhere safe.

Note: You’ll have to do this for each playlist you want to back up.

Each line is a link to the Spotify URL containing that particular track so you can re-add later!


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5 Responses to “Spotify – Back Up Those Playlists!”

  1. Coral Gilger says:

    From what I’ve heard, LibreOffice will be able to cherry-pick code (and thus features) from OpenOffice, but the reverse won’t be true, because including copyleft code is contrary to Apache’s policy and licensing terms. Do you know if that’s true?

  2. K.Vee.Shanker. says:

    Hi Andrew,

    I’ve questions on this method. You yourself say that you create links for the songs stored in Cloud. If the server looses its files, or God forbid the provider closes down, how this will help?

    So, would it not help if we keep a backup of songs with another provider rather than keeping just links in doc? That actual backup at cloud will also take care of Desktop failures.What do think?

  3. Howard Wilson says:

    I’ve written a simple tool to make this easier:

    It uses the Spotify Web API to export playlists to CSV format and will not store any private data (or any data at all in fact).

  4. miguel torres says:

    I’ve tried to do this with Apache Open office, but when I drag a playlist into their word document, I’m getting a message from Spotify that these are duplicate song files. If I click Add Anyway, all I’m getting is another identical playlist on the bottom of the existing one in Spotify and nothing in the word doc. If I try to copy the track links or URL links, the results in Apache word are the same as everywhere else I’ve tried: you just get the song links, not titles. I also tried their spreadsheet – no go. It is really annoying not to have a simple app for copy/paste playlist titles that will work across all platforms. I’m particularly interested in storing playlists in Evernote as my main organizer.

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