Spotify is threatening to revoke Songshift API access over music transfers to rival music services like Apple Music.
Over the weekend, Songshift posted a blog informing its users of the changes. “Unfortunately, as of SongShift v5.1.2, you will no longer be able to create transfers from Spotify to another music service. We understand this will be a disappointment for a lot of you. We wish we didn’t have to,” the blog post begins.
Songshift says the Spotify Developer Platform team reached out, telling them to remove music transfers to any rival service. Spotify says Songshift needs “to remove transferring from their service to a competing music service or have API access revoked due to TOS violation.” Songshift says it’s not welcome news, but they will respect Spotify’s decision.
Songshift users can import their music from competing services like Apple Music, Deezer, and others into Spotify. But they will no longer be able to support transferring playlists from Spotify. Songshift says its future features will continue to have the same limitation of not supporting transfers out of Spotify.
Songshift provides a valuable service for the rare individual who may subscribe to two music services. Keeping playlists and songs synced between Apple Music and Spotify used to be possible using the service. Now, it is no more. Spotify has not issued a public statement on the matter.
By threatening a third-party company providing a service to users who want to sync their digital collection, Spotify is just as guilty as Apple in its anti-competitive behavior. It will be interesting to see if actions like this one make an appearance in future court battles.