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PodBlader Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello all,

Newbie here. I just installed ITunes and can't figure out how to import the 235 playlists I already have other than one by one.

Isn't there a way to select and import them from an entire folder?

Thanks.

Windows XP
  • 1. Re: How do I import multiple playlists?
    polydorus Level 6 Level 6 (11,950 points)
    There is Add Folder to Library on the file menu. That will add all the tracks in a folder to the iTunes Library.

    It will either copy copies of the tracks into your iTune Music folder, or just store thier locations depending on how you set your preferences.

    Edit>Prefences>Advanced has a check box called "Copy file to Itunes music folder when adding to library". If checked a copy of the file will be added to the iTunes Music folder, you can then delete the original if you want to and are satisfied that the copy really happened.

    There is also a consolidate function in the Advanced menu (menu bar, not the advanced tab in preferences). This will copy any files in you library stored elsewhere into you iTunes music folder.

    iTunes doesn't know about playlists from other music players.
  • 2. Re: How do I import multiple playlists?
    PodBlader Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    There is Add Folder to Library on the file menu. That
    will add all the tracks in a folder to the iTunes
    Library.

    It will either copy copies of the tracks into your
    iTune Music folder, or just store thier locations
    depending on how you set your preferences.

    Edit>Prefences>Advanced has a check box called "Copy
    file to Itunes music folder when adding to library".
    If checked a copy of the file will be added to the
    iTunes Music folder, you can then delete the original
    if you want to and are satisfied that the copy really
    happened.

    There is also a consolidate function in the Advanced
    menu (menu bar, not the advanced tab in preferences).
    This will copy any files in you library stored
    elsewhere into you iTunes music folder.

    iTunes doesn't know about playlists from other music
    players.


    Thank you,

    I have already imported in the Library all of the tracks referenced in the playlists, using the Add Folder. That's not the problem.

    What is missing are the corresponding playlists, unless I add them individually.

    I'm quite disappointed that iTunes doesn't provide a way to manage multiple playlists.

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      Windows XP  
  • 3. Re: How do I import multiple playlists?
    polydorus Level 6 Level 6 (11,950 points)
    Yes, I think you will have to create your playlists by hand. I don't use them much myself as I mostly listen to whole albums. If you haven't discovered the browse window yet, you can open it by clicking on the little eye, top right when you are in the library. That lets you select individual artists and albums.
  • 4. Re: How do I import multiple playlists?
    PodBlader Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    After numerous attempts I'm faced with the same problem. All the playlists tracks are there; none of the playlists are, except those I imported individually.

    Other users are faced with the same issue, see :

    -I recently used a script to batch create m3u playlists for my entire music collection. I was wondering if it is possible to batch import these playlists into itunes instead of doing each one individually. (which would take forever because there are hundreds of playlists)
    http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?s=ca11c46d1af6adfcb1914cffe032e79c &showtopic=46823


    -I just bought an iPod, so I'm totally new to iTunes. Previously I used Windows Media Player, where I have a few hundred playlists that I've created (WMP saves them as .m3u files, which are essentially text files that refer to the individual mp3 files that make up the playlist).

    iTunes allows you to import a single playlist at a time, either through the menu or drop-drag, but if I try to drop and drag more than one playlist at a time into iTune, it just copies the songs included in the playlist, and not the playlist itself. This is a BIG problem for me, because I love my playlists.

    Does anybody know how to work around this and do a batch import, or know of a plug-in or batch file somebody created to take care of this task? Even a macro?
    http://www.iprong.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=59974

    What gives? Is Apple trying to hinder transition from other media players? I have created hundreds of playlists with Musicmatch, Winamp and Windows Media Player, all compatible with each other and importable in batch by simply selecting a folder.

    The world did not begin -- and does not end -- with Apple. And I thought that Microsoft was arrogant...




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  • 5. Re: How do I import multiple playlists?
    polydorus Level 6 Level 6 (11,950 points)
    According to this article iTunes can import MU3 files from WINAMP using File>import, but I guess that's one at a time. I haven't tried it myself.
    http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/id;296345280;fp;2;fpid;206

    Try googling something like: itunes import playlists winamp

    Check this article about exporting and importing iTunes compatible xml files with WINAMP
    http://www.winamp.com/plugins/details.php?id=139248
  • 6. Re: How do I import multiple playlists?
    PodBlader Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    According to this article iTunes can import MU3 files
    from WINAMP using File>import, but I guess that's one
    at a time. I haven't tried it myself.
    http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/id;296345280;f
    p;2;fpid;206

    Try googling something like: itunes import playlists
    winamp

    Check this article about exporting and importing
    iTunes compatible xml files with WINAMP
    http://www.winamp.com/plugins/details.php?id=139248


    Thanks, but

    1. Only one at a time.
    2. Tried it earlier, doesn't work.

    This is just a major flaw in iTunes.

    Thanks for trying to help out, though.
  • 7. Re: How do I import multiple playlists?
    Robert Jacobson1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,420 points)
    I've written a script that will find all the m3u playlists in the directory path you give it and import it into iTunes.

    Download the script here. You will need to also install perl, from HERE.

       
  • 8. Re: How do I import multiple playlists?
    PodBlader Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've written a script that will find all the m3u
    playlists in the directory path you give it and
    import it into iTunes.

    Do
    wnload the script here
    . You will need to also
    install perl, from HERE.

       


    This sounds great!

    However I am not familiar with iTunes Scripts, the COM interface or perl. I would need a step-by-step description of how to implement the solution. For instance, which version of perl should I download? (My OS is Windows XP).

    I'd be grateful if you could provide more details.






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  • 9. Re: How do I import multiple playlists?
    Robert Jacobson1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,420 points)
    I'm assuming you aren't using the 64-bit edition of Windows XP (If you're not sure, then I bet you're not!). Therefore, download this version of perl.

    Once you have installed the MSI (just double-click and follow through the prompts), launch iTunes, then double-click on my "itunesadd_m3uplaylist.pl" script. It will ask you for the full path to the directory containing the m3u playlist(s) -- e.g. <pre>
    C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music
    </pre>It will also ask if you want to recurse into subdirectories to find more m3u playlists.

    The script will create a new playlist for every m3u file it finds in the given directory (and subdirectories, if you answer "y" to recurse).



       
  • 10. Re: How do I import multiple playlists?
    PodBlader Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have downloaded ActivePerl 5.8.8 Build 819.

    Should I click on 1 OLE-Browser or 2 Perl Package Manager ?

    With 1 OLE-Browser I get the following message (in Mozilla Firefox):

    Internet Explorer could not load the PerlScript engine. This is most likely due to the value of the "Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe" security setting of the "Local intranet" zone. PerlScript inside IE will only run on Windows XP SP2 and later if this setting is set to Enable. Setting it to Prompt doesn't seem to work.

    After setting it to Enable, I still get the same message.

    With 2 Perl Package Manager, I don't know what to do.



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  • 11. Re: How do I import multiple playlists?
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,870 points)
    Why so many playlists?
    You aren't doing one for each artist & album, are you?
  • 12. Re: How do I import multiple playlists?
    PodBlader Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've written a script that will find all the m3u
    playlists in the directory path you give it and
    import it into iTunes.

    <a
    </div>
    href="http://teridon.googlepages.com/itunesscripts">Do

    wnload the script here. You will need to also
    install perl, from <a
    </div>
    href="http://www.activestate.com/Products/Download/Dow

    nload.plex?id=ActivePerl">HERE.

       


    This sounds great!

    However I am not familiar with iTunes Scripts, the
    COM interface or perl. I would need a step-by-step
    description of how to implement the solution. For
    instance, which version of perl should I download?
    (My OS is Windows XP).

    I'd be grateful if you could provide more details.






      Windows XP  


    Forget my other message.

    Got it.

    The script was saved with a .txt extension added to the .pl extension. Once I double-clicked on the .pl file the command prompt screen appeared and I followed the on-screen instructions

    For some reason I had to import the playlists in four batches (84, 82, 65, 2 - 2 other were problematic). Is there a limit according to the number of tracks per playlist?

    No matter what, you saved me a great deal of time and grief. Apple should pay you!

    Many, many thanks.


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  • 13. Re: How do I import multiple playlists?
    Robert Jacobson1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,420 points)
    I don't know why you had to import in batches (I'm also not sure what you mean by that...). There shouldn't be any limit on the number of tracks per playlist. I'm sorry it didn't work perfectly for you!

    I agree that Apple should pay me! If they want to offer me a job I'll certainly consider it :-D
  • 14. Re: How do I import multiple playlists?
    PodBlader Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    About batches, I meant that after a given number of imports the process would stop with the command prompt screen closing as if there was a limit to the number of tracks processed by iTunes. It doesn't really matter anyway since I now have them all. Thanks again.

    Looking forward to your other scripts.

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