How to Copy Playlist From iPhone, iPad, or iPod to iTunes on Computer

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: You must have the Menu Bar enabled to complete this tutorial.

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPod, or iPad to your computer.
  2. From iTunes on your computer, select your iOS device.
  3. Choose the “On This iPhone/iPad/iPod” tab.
  4. Right-click the playlist on the left pane, then select¬†“Export…” to export the playlist to a text file.
    Export iOS Device Playlist
  5. Select the “Library” button to switch back to the computer’s library view.
  6. Choose “Playlists” at the top of the screen.
  7. Select “File/iTunes” > “Library” > “Import Playlist…“, then select the text file created in step 4.
    iTunes Import Playlist

There you have it. You have successfully added a playlist from your Apple iOS device to iTunes on your computer.


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