GrooveWalrus is a great streaming music player application that plays songs through Grooveshark and Last.fm. It also offers lots of Last.fm features since it has a great deal of Last.fm integration. I wrote a review for GrooveWalrus before which you can read here.
To compare, GrooveWalrus is a great alternative to Spotify (since it is ad-free) and a great alternative to the Grooveshark website or Wingrooves (which is basicly the same thing as Grooveshark, except on your desktop) since they are both image-heavy and use 2-3 times more memory. They also have ads that ruin the experience, and take a lot of desktop or browser tab space.
Now, more to the point. Since I started using GrooveWalrus I had trouble to export my Spotify playlist to the application. Naturally, GrooveWalrus can import Grooveshark playlists. So if I exported my Spotify playlists to Grooveshark using Groovylists, I would be able to export them to GrooveWalrus with a flash. However the problem is two-fold.
- Groovylists only allows exporting 200 songs at a time. Since I have dozens of playlists in Spotify, one having over 1500 songs, this is a lot of work.
- More importantly, once Groovylists is done exporting your playlist of 200 songs to Grooveshark, some of the songs are plain wrong.
Keeping these in mind, I held off trying to export my Spotify playlist to GrooveWalrus for a couple of weeks. However, after a while, it became pretty boring to listen to the 150+ song list I created in GrooveWalrus (by copying Last.fm recent tracks from inside GrooveWalrus, which is a really fast way to populate your GrooveWalrus playlists)
So today I tried to find another way to export a Spotify playlist to GrooveWalrus, especially my huge 1500 song list. And I came up with an excellent way using the GrooveWalrus List Sifter. Here are the steps you should take to export your playlist to GrooveWalrus:
- Open Spotify and select the playlist that you want to export to GrooveWalrus.
- Select all the songs in the playlist. (Type “Ctrl+A” to select all the songs in the playlist, or select the first song and while pressing Shift, click the last song)
- If you have Microsoft Word, open a new Word file. Google Docs also work. (Notepad doesn’t)
- Drag the songs you have selected in Spotify into the Word file (or the Google Docs document)
- Optionally, press Ctrl+Alt+F9 in MS Word to clear all the links in case you want to backup your playlist without all the links.
- Open GrooveWalrus and select the List Sifter tab.
- Copy and paste the list you have in Word or Google Docs into the List Sifter’s Text Pastebox as seen in the image below.
- Type “ – ” with the spaces into the “Sep:” field under the Text Pastebox to let GrooveWalrus know how to separate the artist and track title information found in the text.
- Press “Sift List”. Now your text is converted to a list of artists and tracks. Great! You can also try to do another Sift using ” – ” as separator, I was able to process some extra songs that way.
- Press the second “+” button in the right bottom to add the new list to your existing playlist.
- Enjoy your Spotify playlist in GrooveWalrus :)
Another method you can use as a last-ditch for such purposes is to capture the text by other means, when you can’t just copy and paste the text. You can use the application Capture Text to capture a screen part where your playlist resides and it will automatically transform the screen area into a text file.
Grooveshark + Last.fm = Love