Transfer a Playlist from iPhone, iPod, or iPad to iTunes
Do you have a music playlist on an iPod, iPhone, or iPad that you want to move to iTunes on your computer? It’s fairly easy:
- Connect the iPod, iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes
- Under the “Devices” menu locate the playlist you want to copy to the computer and right-click on the playlist name, then select “Export”
- Name the playlist and select “XML” as the filetype format and save the file to somewhere easy to find, like the desktop
- Pull down the “File” menu, go to “Library” and now select “Import Playlist”, choosing the XML playlist file you exported in the previous step
The playlist from the iOS device is now in iTunes on the computer, find it under the Playlists menu. You will obviously need to have the music featured in the playlist within iTunes in order for the playlist to work, if you don’t have the music because you switched computers you will need to transfer the music from the iOS device to the computer first.
This is a great solution if you’ve lost playlists from iTunes and the standard recovery process didn’t work, or if you’ve just spent a lot of time customizing playlists directly on an iOS device and you now want to enjoy them on the computer.
This works the same in Mac OS X and Windows.
Thanks to Jennifer for the tip idea