I went through the trouble of making a killer playlist on my Apple iPod. This playlist took quite a bit of time to create and contained hundreds of songs I currently love listening to. After jamming out to this playlist, I thought “Wow, these songs I selected would make a great playlist for when I listen to music on my computer!”
I attached my iPod to my computer, fired up iTunes and created a new playlist called “Morgan”. I then selected the playlist on my iPod and tried to drag and drop them to the playlist on the computer. It didn’t work though. iTunes doesn’t let you copy a playlist from your iPod to your local computer. Nor will it allow you to drag individual songs to from an iPod to a computer playlist.
What a bummer! I just had to find a workaround for this. Fortunately, I was able to find one rather quickly. You can do the following.
Note: This tutorial has been revised to reflect iTunes version 12.
- Be sure you have enabled the Menu Bar.
- Connect your iPhone, iPod, or iPad to your computer.
- From iTunes on your computer, select the icon for your device at the upper-left portion of the window.
- Select the playlist you want to export under the “On My Device” section.
- Select “File” > “Library” > “Export…” to export the playlist to a text file. Give the export a name, then select “Save“.
- Select the Music icon located at the upper-left portion of the screen to switch back to the computer’s library view.
- Select “File” > “Library” > “Import Playlist…“, then select the text file created in step 5.
There you have it. You have successfully added a playlist from your Apple iOS device to iTunes on your computer.
Why do I get an error that says “Some of the songs in the file were not imported because they could not be found”.
This tutorial assumes that the actual music files exist on your PC as well as the device. If they don’t, you will need to transfer the music files to the PC you’re working with. If they only exist on your device, you will need to research how to extract music files from your device.