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 “Currently Dig”. 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.