Author Topic: Uploading playlists (and songs) to Google Play/YTM  (Read 2557 times)

Tmel

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Although I have begun to use streaming services (currently Google Play Music/Youtube Music) more and more over recent years, I still like to have my music and playlists that I have built over the years physically on my phone so that they are available offline. I use MusicBee to manage all my music and playlists on my desktop to keep this organised.

What I would like to try and do is to upload all of these files and crucially, the playlists on to Google Play Music or Youtube Music also. Any advice as to how I can achieve this? I can see that Youtube music web app has an 'upload music' option but it does not seem to be able to include playlists. I have also downloaded the 'music manager' desktop for Google Play Music and again, it has an initial option to upload songs but not sure if it's possible to get playlists in there?

frankz

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You will need a separate service like Soundiiz to get your playlists onto a streaming service.  There are free services and pay services (Soundiiz) and also some Python tools.

Export them as M3U or something and then import them using the tool of your choice. 

Tmel

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Thank you, I have had a look and Soundliz looks like a decent solution. It appears that I need a paid membership in order to convert them to Google Play Music. Does anyone know if I can keep the playlists on Google once I cancel or will it automatically remove them?

I was able to transfer them to YTM but unhelpfully, YTM seemed to take the song title and then match it to any old version or artist in its database so only a handful of my actual songs appeared in the playlist...

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Thank you, I have had a look and Soundliz looks like a decent solution. It appears that I need a paid membership in order to convert them to Google Play Music. Does anyone know if I can keep the playlists on Google once I cancel or will it automatically remove them?

I was able to transfer them to YTM but unhelpfully, YTM seemed to take the song title and then match it to any old version or artist in its database so only a handful of my actual songs appeared in the playlist...
It will not delete your playlists if you unsubscribe.

I use Soundiiz. When I want to upload a playlist, I provide it a CSV file formatted like title;artist;album (like it asks for) and it doesn't have any problem finding the right ones.

In MB Edit->Edit Preferences->Tags(2)...'send to clipboard' tags and put '<Title>';'<Album Artist>';'<Album>' and then select all the files, right click, Send To->Clipboard.  Then paste the clipboard into a text editor and save as CSV.

Tmel

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Thank you, I have had a look and Soundliz looks like a decent solution. It appears that I need a paid membership in order to convert them to Google Play Music. Does anyone know if I can keep the playlists on Google once I cancel or will it automatically remove them?

I was able to transfer them to YTM but unhelpfully, YTM seemed to take the song title and then match it to any old version or artist in its database so only a handful of my actual songs appeared in the playlist...
It will not delete your playlists if you unsubscribe.

I use Soundiiz. When I want to upload a playlist, I provide it a CSV file formatted like title;artist;album (like it asks for) and it doesn't have any problem finding the right ones.

In MB Edit->Edit Preferences->Tags(2)...'send to clipboard' tags and put '<Title>';'<Album Artist>';'<Album>' and then select all the files, right click, Send To->Clipboard.  Then paste the clipboard into a text editor and save as CSV.

Ah thank you, I'll give that a try tomorrow.

I started by uploading all my files from my laptop (my F drive, which is the same folder Musicbee scans for new files) onto Google Play Music via Music Manager and also copying them over to YTM.

I then went on to Soundliz and tried to import my playlists as an m3u. First to YTM and as I said, it just seemed to choose any old songs with those song titles. I then signed up for premium membership so I could try and and import to Google but of the 145 songs on the first playlist I tried, only 4 songs actually materialised (no idea why they did and not the other 141, it just showed as an error for those songs).

I will try again tomorrow via CSV instead of m3u.

Could it make any difference that my MusicBee directory and playlists are in my laptop's C drive and my source music folder is in the F drive?

frankz

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No I don't know why it wouldn't work for you unless your tag info is really wrong or something. 

Why would it matter where your MusicBee playlists or music files are if you're just uploading title; artist; album? None of those have anything to do with where your files are.

I think we've exhausted the part of this topic that applies to MusicBee in any way. You're probably best off asking soundiiz for further advice on using their service.

Tmel

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Thank you, I have had a look and Soundliz looks like a decent solution. It appears that I need a paid membership in order to convert them to Google Play Music. Does anyone know if I can keep the playlists on Google once I cancel or will it automatically remove them?

I was able to transfer them to YTM but unhelpfully, YTM seemed to take the song title and then match it to any old version or artist in its database so only a handful of my actual songs appeared in the playlist...
It will not delete your playlists if you unsubscribe.

I use Soundiiz. When I want to upload a playlist, I provide it a CSV file formatted like title;artist;album (like it asks for) and it doesn't have any problem finding the right ones.

In MB Edit->Edit Preferences->Tags(2)...'send to clipboard' tags and put '<Title>';'<Album Artist>';'<Album>' and then select all the files, right click, Send To->Clipboard.  Then paste the clipboard into a text editor and save as CSV.

Thanks again for your help. Curiosity got the better of me and I had to have a go tonight. I followed the steps on MB and changed the preferences under Tags(2) to <Title>;<Album Artist>;<Album> and copied one of my playlists to clipboard. I then pasted this into Notepad and all appeared OK, there was one song per line and the format seemed fine e.g. Chandelier;Sia;1000 Forms of Fear

I then went onto Soundliz > Import playlist > From File > uploaded the CSV, what then appeared on the screen mirrored the format I had in Notepad so all appeared well but after clicking confirm and selecting Google Play Music, it encountered an error for 110 of the files stating 'Not found'.

Does it sound like I'm doing anything wrong in the MB/CSV part of the process?
Last Edit: June 30, 2020, 12:50:21 AM by Tmel

frankz

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Other than not enclosing your fields in single-quotes, which I'm not sure matters unless there are a lot of commas etc in your titles and album names, I don't know why it wouldn't work. 

I've done this exact procedure - CSV list to Google Play Music - dozens of times with hundreds of tracks at a time and never run into this type of problem.  I also transfer three playlists a week from Spotify to GPM, and unless something is so new that it doesn't yet appear in Google's library (New Music Friday) it matches just fine.

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Although I have begun to use streaming services (currently Google Play Music/Youtube Music) more and more over recent years, I still like to have my music and playlists that I have built over the years physically on my phone so that they are available offline. I use MusicBee to manage all my music and playlists on my desktop to keep this organised.

What I would like to try and do is to upload all of these files and crucially, the playlists on to Google Play Music or Youtube Music also. Any advice as to how I can achieve this? I can see that Youtube music web app has an 'upload music' option but it does not seem to be able to include playlists. I have also downloaded the 'music manager' desktop for Google Play Music and again, it has an initial option to upload songs but not sure if it's possible to get playlists in there?

Theres an online tool called Musconvtool that can help you migrate your music collection and playlists to your preferred streaming platform.