iTunes: How to Copy Playlist From iPod to 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.

1. Right-click the iPod playlist, then select Export… to export the playlist to a text file.

2. Select File > Library > Import Playlist…, then select the text file created in step 1.

Note: You must have the Menu Bar enabled to see the File menu.

There you have it. A playlist copied from your iPod to your local computer in iTunes.


  1. Donjo says

    I tried to export the playlist from my iPod today, but the Export function has disappeared from the right-click menu. It worked fine two weeks ago (I exported the iPod playlist to an Excel spreadsheet easily). Any ideas? Is this a bug with the latest iTunes version?

  2. don says

    thanks a bunch. even though i have to do 1 at a time, it works great. now my ipod playlists are on my pc…kudos!!!

  3. ryan budd says

    hey iv followed all the steps but at the step to import the text file it says, ‘songs in the file were not imported because they could not be found. any idea why

  4. Joe says

    Thank you for this tip! I’ve been trying to find a way to do this for a while, and could never figure it out. So, again, THANK YOU!!

  5. Nailah says

    Thank you so much! I’ve been through so much trying to do this and no one understands how much I wanted that playlist since my ipod is unresponsive to touch. You like saved my life!

  6. Tonia says

    thank you soooo much for the advice to copy playlist from ipod back to library, then on to other devices!

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