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FYI: iTunes 10 - now exports playlists from iPod

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Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,360 points)
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Sep 11, 2010 12:40 PM
Can now select a playlist on the iPod and right click - Export…
as .txt, .xml, .m3u, .m3u8 and unicode.
Note that this does not export the songs, just a playlist with the song info. So if you lose the playlist in iTunes and it's on the ipod simple enough to recover.
Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle, iTunes 9.1.1 (12)
  • SpyglassSally Level 3 Level 3 (680 points)
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    Sep 18, 2010 8:28 AM (in response to Chris CA)
    Are you saying you can manually move songs from your ipod to iTunes? Is this only on a Mac or am I misunderstanding something. I am running iTunes 10 (set to Auto Sync devices) on Vista and when I select my ipod, then the Music tab, I only see options

    Sync Music
    *Entire Library
    *Selected playlists,artists, albums, genres
    *Include music videos
    *Include voice memos
    Dell Inspiron 1720, Windows Vista, touch 3g OS 4.1, iTunes 10
  • janicepo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 26, 2010 1:50 AM (in response to Chris CA)
    Chris will this work on Windows Vista too?

    I gave up trying to download iTunes 10 and went back to 9.0.2.25 because I'm missing Apple Application Support 1.3.2. and I REALLY don't want to download 100MB a fourth time as I'm on limited bandwidth

    But I'll try again if it will get my playlists off my iPod as I've just had a hard drive replacement and while all my music was backed up & I've got all the songs, my playlists weren't saved

    FYI it looks like you can back up your playlists in iTunes 9. There's a description of how to in iTunes Help under "saving a copy of your playlists".
    HP Pavilion dv6000, Windows Vista, iTunes 9.0.2.25; iPod Video 60G, 2.5G RAM; 320G Hard Drive
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,860 points)
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:11 AM (in response to janicepo)
    You have to manually add some songs before you'll see the extra panel and it won't appear if the songs are already in your existing selections.

    Another new feature (this build or perhaps the one before?) is that in auto-sync mode you can now play the tracks on the device, previously this was only possible if the device was in manually manage mode.

    tt2
    Various PCs, Windows XP Pro, iPhone3GS 4.1, 160Gb 1.1.2/2.0.4, 30Gb 1.3, Nano 1.4 - iTunes 10.0.1.22
  • get-dancin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 4, 2010 2:38 AM (in response to Chris CA)
    Hi Chris I am having all sorts of trouble trying export my playlist from my ipod to itunes. I have a mac, and I have tried exporting on song at a time and copy all and paste with no luck. Are you able to give me a step by step guide on how to do this. Thanks
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • SpyglassSally Level 3 Level 3 (680 points)
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    Oct 10, 2010 4:13 PM (in response to get-dancin)
    With your player connected in iTunes, right-click on the playlist that you would like to export, and choose the Export option from the context menu which appears.

    iTunes will prompt you for a location and format to save the file. Save the playlist as an XML file using whatever name and location is convenient for you.

    Then, in iTunes, go to File, Library, Import Playlist from the iTunes menu and select the XML file. The playlist will be recreated in your iTunes library and will contain any tracks that were referenced in the original playlist that already exist in your library.
    Dell Inspiron 1720, Windows Vista, touch 3g OS 4.1, iTunes 10.0.1
  • Malletninja93 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried doing this, but I got the message that "Some of the songs in the file 'Music.xml' were not imported because they could not be found"
    Windows 7
  • jwblant Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    SpyglassSally wrote:
    With your player connected in iTunes, right-click on the playlist that you would like to export, and choose the Export option from the context menu which appears.

    iTunes will prompt you for a location and format to save the file. Save the playlist as an XML file using whatever name and location is convenient for you.

    Then, in iTunes, go to File, Library, Import Playlist from the iTunes menu and select the XML file. The playlist will be recreated in your iTunes library and will contain any tracks that were referenced in the original playlist that already exist in your library.


    YESSSSS!!!!!! I've been looking for countless hours of how to move playlist from my iTouch to computer I just put all the music into a playlist and exported it and followed your instructions. Thanks!
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5), iTouch 2G: iOS 4.2
  • Hoffa22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 12, 2011 9:07 AM (in response to Chris CA)
    OK that sounds great but how about playcounts and ratings? Any way to get those over?
    Asus Essentio, Windows 7
  • magicmommy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OMFREAKINGOLDFISH!  THAAAAAANNNNKKK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!  I have been sitting in front of my machine for over an hour ready to tear my hair out and upon a quick google search was finding info from a year ago telling me I was going to have to buy some kind of crappy software to do this for me!!!!!!!!!!!  YOU SERIOUSLY JUST SAVED MY iPOD from death by baseball bat ....

     

    Ok, so I did it, it worked.  I will NEVER create playlists directly on my iPod again.  LOL. 

  • lovesapples Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I agree with jwblant below!!! This is the most useful tip for itunes, thank you SpyglassSally

    I've been trying to figure out a way to create an exact playlist on itunes that I had on my ipod.

     

    I would never have thought exporting a playlist and reimporting it would work because of the .xml format. I would have thought it was just a list it was importing--so thank you!

    Is this shown anywhere in a how-to for itunes?

     

     

     

    SpyglassSally wrote:
    With your player connected in iTunes, right-click on the playlist that you would like to export, and choose the Export option from the context menu which appears.

     

    iTunes will prompt you for a location and format to save the file. Save the playlist as an XML file using whatever name and location is convenient for you.

     

    Then, in iTunes, go to File, Library, Import Playlist from the iTunes menu and select the XML file. The playlist will be recreated in your iTunes library and will contain any tracks that were referenced in the original playlist that already exist in your library.

     

     

    YESSSSS!!!!!! I've been looking for countless hours of how to move playlist from my iTouch to computer I just put all the music into a playlist and exported it and followed your instructions. Thanks!

    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5), iTouch 2G: iOS 4.2

     

     

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,365 points)
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    Oct 24, 2011 11:27 AM (in response to Chris CA)

    Thank you, great to know!

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