Transferring your Spotify playlist to Google's Play Music service may seem a difficult task -- both are separate media services, each offering Digital Rights Management-protected music. Despite this, Spotify playlists can be migrated with a little effort and the right tools.

Portify

The easiest way to transfer your Spotify playlist to Google Play Music is a utility called Portify. Portify connects both Spotify and Google Play Music and exports a copy of your playlist. Portify exports your playlists by scanning the entries and searching for the entries on Google Play Music. As they are discovered, the list is rebuilt in Google Play Music. Once the process is completed, you'll have a duplicate of your Spotify playlist. Using Portify requires some technical expertise, as the utility must be built using Node.JS and is not available fully-packaged and ready to run.

Spotify to GMusic Playlist Assistant

If you're a Google Chrome user and Portify doesn't appeal to you, you can use the Spotify to GMusic Playlist Assistant extension to expedite playlist rebuilding. This tool isn't a direct export system, but rather a search assistant that can be used to quickly search for the contents of your Spotify playlist and add it to your Google Play Music list. This option is considerably slower than Portify, but much easier for novices to operate.

Why Transfer?

The most significant benefit to transferring your Spotify playlist to Google Play Music is integration with your non-Spotify music. Google Play Music is not only a service for playing and downloading music or running streams through the All Access premium service, it's also a storage space where you can upload up to 20,000 of your own sound files at no charge. This can considerably broaden the amount of music available to you through Google Play Music, whereas Spotify can only be relied on for its streamed content.

Potential Downsides

To enjoy streaming audio comparable to Spotify, you'll need to sign up for Google Play Music All Access. This cost may be negligible if you're canceling a Spotify Premium account and signing up for All Access, but otherwise may be an additional cost. Using Portify also has some minor risks -- while the program is run entirely on your computer's local host server, Portify requires both your Spotify and Google account passwords in order to facilitate the export. Also, Portify's requisite knowledge of Node.JS to function can seem a daunting task for a novice user looking for a simple export tool.