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Question: Never answered: importing multiple playlists into iTunes?

I have many playlists. I had to re-install iTunes due to a hard drive crash (can't trust SSDs yet) and am importing all of them. I have several folders, "Active" (those I'm still modifying), "Complete" (parties or roadtrips), "1001 albums you must hear before you die", "Prog Rock", "Bluegrass", etc. I have 100's of playlists, and that's how I feel it is best. Please do not condescend and say "you don't need to". That's not an answer and certainly not a solution.

iTunes does a very poor job with folders and exporting and importing more than one at a time.

A folder makes managing very large playlists, or groups of playlists, much more manageable. For example, in "1001 Albums" I have a separate playlist for each album I have. If I had one playlist, I cannot sort by album or easily see which albums I do not yet have. "Prog Rock" has a regularly changing set of albums and it's much easier to add or remove by album.

What I would like (and I've written some automation to do so, but I'd prefer a solution I don't need to maintain) is "export/import playlist folder" and have iTunes (or a VBS script or something) do it.

Anybody have an answer?

null-OTHER, Windows 7

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Mar 14, 2018 2:37 PM in response to ultifish In response to ultifish

If you import a folder that contains playlist files they will all be imported, however they are imported at the top level and not organized into folders. iTunes can export the whole library as an XML which can reimport with the folder structure, otherwise you can export and import individual lists.

I have a script that can import m3u files called ImportM3U which does what you'd expect, and another called ImportFolderStructure which recreates the layout of files stored on disk as a set of nested playlists and playlist folders. Between the two of them should be most of the building blocks you would need to export or import a playlist folder and all of the regular playlists contained within. What you would need to do is decide where to store the path information in exported playlists. A custom comment, e.g. #PATH:\Folder 1\Folder 2\Playlist, as the second line of a .m3u8 file could be used to record the path in an export script and recreate it on import.


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Mar 16, 2018 10:39 AM in response to ultifish In response to ultifish

As noted those scripts contain the building blocks that would be needed for your project, indeed if you have a set of nested folders that contain playlist files then the second one can import all of the .m3u/.m3u8 playlists in that folder structure and create the nested playlist folders around them.

If you can go into more detail about how your media and playlists are currently organized and exactly what it is that you want to achieve perhaps I can help.


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Question: Never answered: importing multiple playlists into iTunes?