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iTunes 10 for Mac: Save a copy of your playlists

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Save a copy of your playlists

You can export a playlist and import it to a different computer so that you can have the same playlist in both places. You can also export a playlist to save a copy of it.

Exported playlists contain a list of the items in the playlist; the actual songs or videos aren’t included.

You can save all the information about the songs in a playlist or your library as a plain text file so that you can import it into a database or use it in another application. You can also copy just one song’s information into another application.

Here are ways to save copies of playlists or use playlists on another computer:

  • To save a copy of a single playlist or use it in iTunes on another computer, select the playlist (below Playlists), choose File > Library > Export Playlist, and choose XML from the Format pop-up menu.

  • To import an iTunes playlist, choose File > Library > Import Playlist. The imported playlist includes only songs and videos already in your iTunes library. Unavailable items are removed from the list.

  • To save a copy of all your playlists, choose File > Library > Export Library. The exported information is saved in XML format.

Here are ways to transfer song information into other applications:

  • To export all the song information into a text file, select Music or a playlist, then choose File > Library > Export Playlist. Make sure Plain Text is selected in the Format pop-up menu (if you use a double-byte language such as Japanese or Chinese, or if the program you’re importing into understands Unicode, you should choose Unicode).

    All information from the Info window for each song is exported, not just the fields currently displayed in the library or playlist.

  • To copy the information (in the columns that are visible) for one or more songs, select the songs and choose Edit > Copy, and then choose Edit > Paste in another application (for example, an email or text document).

Last Modified: Mar 25, 2014
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