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How can I transfer iPod and iPhone music and playlists to iTunes or Mac Music library?

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Transfer iPhone music to iTunes


If you have created playlists on your iPhone, iPod or iPad, you may wish to copy them to your iTunes library or macOS Music app.

iTunes used to provide a way to export your playlists from your device and import them into your iTunes library on your computer. However, it is no longer possible to use iTunes itself to copy playlists from iPhone/iPod/iPad to iTunes.

Luckily, you can use TouchCopy to easily copy your music and playlists from your iOS devices to iTunes or your Mac Music app library!

How to copy music and playlists from iPhone to iTunes (or the Mac Music app):

  1. Download and install TouchCopy on your PC or Mac.
  2. Launch TouchCopy and connect your iPhone.
  3. Click the "Music" section.
  4. Select the songs and playlists you wish to copy (if using TouchCopy on PC, select the Playlists tab to access your playlists). You can select multiple tracks and playlists by shift-clicking them in TouchCopy.
  5. Click "Copy to iTunes" (or "Copy to Music" on macOS Catalina and higher) in TouchCopy.
  6. TouchCopy will then start copying your selected music and playlists to your music library on your Mac or PC.

If you have not done so already, you can download TouchCopy from here:

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Copy music from iPod/iPhone/iPad to iTunes or Mac Music app

TouchCopy enables you to easily transfer all your songs and playlists from your device to your music library on your computer. To transfer songs from your iPod or iOS device into iTunes click on the Music tab in TouchCopy and then click on the "Copy to iTunes" button. As iTunes was replaced by the Music app in macOS Catalina and newer, Mac users can use TouchCopy to copy music and playlists to the Music app!

You can select individual songs or groups of songs you wish to copy by Shift-Clicking tracks in TouchCopy. Alternatively, TouchCopy can compare your device and iTunes content, so you can quickly populate your library with missing songs from your device.

Copy music and playlists from iPod to computer or iTunes with TouchCopy

Copying iPhone playlists to iTunes with TouchCopy

Copying iPhone playlists to Mac Music app with TouchCopy

Copying iPhone playlists to Mac Music app with TouchCopy

How to Transfer Playlists to iTunes / Mac Music app

To copy your iPhone and iPod playlists into iTunes, select the Playlists you wish to copy from the source list in TouchCopy. If using the latest version of TouchCopy for PC, select the Playlists tab in the Music section to access your playlists.

You can select multiple playlists by CTRL-Clicking (or CMD-Clicking on Mac) items in this list. Once you have selected your Playlists - click the "Copy to iTunes" (or "Copy to Music" on macOS Catalina or higher) button in TouchCopy.

What about smart playlists? Find out how TouchCopy can copy Smart and Genious playlists from device to computer.

When transferring a playlist into iTunes/Music, the songs are transferred and a new playlist of the same name is created. Note that if a track is already in your iTunes main Library, TouchCopy will not create a duplicate of that track in iTunes, it will just add the track to the Playlist.

How to Transfer Playlists to your Computer

TouchCopy also enables you to transfer music and playlists directly to your hard drive by clicking on the "Copy to PC/Mac" button. You can then import your music into your music library by using File > "Add folder to library" in iTunes; or File > "Import..." in the Mac Music app.

If you copy your playlists to your hard drive, TouchCopy will produce an XML file named after the Playlist you are copying. This XML file contains information about the tracks and track order of the Playlist. To import the playlist into your library, in iTunes/Music, select 'File -> Library->Import Playlist...'. Select the XML file saved by TouchCopy with the same name as the playlist you require and click 'Open'.

Import playlists into iTunes

Please see our User Guide and YouTube video here for further information on how to transfer songs and playlists to iTunes.

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