How to Export Your Spotify Playlist Into GrooveWalrus

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  1. Open Spotify and select the playlist that you want to export to GrooveWalrus.
  2. 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)
  3. If you have Microsoft Word, open a new Word file. Google Docs also work. (Notepad doesn’t)
  4. Drag the songs you have selected in Spotify into the Word file (or the Google Docs document)
  5. 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.
  6. Open GrooveWalrus and select the List Sifter tab.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Press the second “+” button in the right bottom to add the new list to your existing playlist.
  11. Enjoy your Spotify playlist in GrooveWalrus :)
Exporting Spotify playlists to GrooveWalrus is easy with List Sifter

Exporting a huge Spotify playlist into GrooveWalrus is easy with List Sifter.

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

GrooveWalrus, Great Spotify Alternative with Last.fm Support

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The new Spotify limitations meant that I’d be looking for a good and free streaming music player to meet my music needs. At first I tried a few browser-based alternatives, such as Grooveshark and Fizy, but later I realized that this wasn’t exactly what I was looking for in a music player that I would be listening to all day. I needed to have a desktop application that also had Last.fm support, basically something more like Spotify’s application.

GrooveWalrus, a great streaming music player

GrooveWalrus, a great streaming music player with good ease of use.

After a quick search in Google, I found out that what I had in my mind actually existed. And it was awesome. GrooveWalrus is pretty much an application to play songs from the two music databases and from your local hard drive. In addition to sharing the love for walruses, it can save and export playlists, import playlists from Grooveshark (and therefore import playlists from Spotify if you convert them to Grooveshark playlists first, though a little trickier) and scrobble your tracks to Last.fm.

A part of GrooveWalrus' Last.fm interface

GrooveWalrus offers a great amount of Last.fm integration. Wait until you see the next tab.

GrooveWalrus also has a number of already installed useful plugins that enable you to assign global hotkeys (even to your media keys, so you could pretty much minimize GrooveWalrus and only access it with shortcuts after creating a decent playlist), fetch lyrics for your tracks while they are playing (just like Winamp plugins), access and control the music player through a web remote, see the history of previously played songs and even put those songs into a two-dimensional coordinate system with axises of your choice!

Search results in GrooveWalrus

Lots of search results for most artists guaranteed. Click to maximize.

Other great things GrooveWalrus can do include getting charts from Last.fm such as the list of similar songs (or artists) to the currently played song, lists of the top songs, albums of the artist and the associated Last.fm tags for the song played. You can also get the tracks that have a particular tag in an instant.

Furthermore, you can view what your friends and neighbors in Last.fm are listening to and even what songs they loved while using Last.fm and then add those to your playlists (a great way to populate your playlists). You can also see associated album and artist data for the song. And so many other great features.

All in all, GrooveWalrus is a great streaming music player that brings the best of two worlds and puts it on your desktop for your convenience. It is written in Phyton and it is available for both Windows and Linux (you might want to try Wine to get it running for Linux) You can get it here for free.