How can I transfer music and playlists to iTunes?

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How can I transfer iPod and iPhone music and playlists to iTunes?

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Transfer iPhone music to iTunes


If your iPod or iPhone contain music and playlists which are not available in your iTunes library, TouchCopy can help you get your library back in sync with your device, by copying missing songs and playlists back to iTunes in just a few mouse clicks.

To copy music and playlists from your iPod, iPhone or iPad to iTunes, follow these instructions...

  1. Download and install TouchCopy on your PC or Mac.
  2. Run TouchCopy and connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod. Wait for TouchCopy find your device and display your Music and Playlists.
  3. Select the songs and playlists you wish to copy. You can select multiple tracks and playlists by shift-clicking or CTRL-Clicking them in TouchCopy.
  4. Click "Copy to iTunes" in TouchCopy.
  5. TouchCopy will open iTunes and start populating it with music from your device.

The free demo version of TouchCopy enabling you see if the software meets your needs is available here:

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TouchCopy enables you to transfer all your songs and playlists to iTunes with ease. To transfer songs from your iPod or iOS device into iTunes click on Music from the list on the left in TouchCopy and then click on the "Copy to iTunes" button. You can also choose individual songs or groups of songs you wish to copy by Shift-Clicking songs in TouchCopy.

Note that if you're using the version of iTunes downloaded from the Microsoft Store, you will need to update TouchCopy to version 16.32 or later to insure that your songs are playlists are transferred correctly.

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

To transfer your iPhone and iPod playlists into iTunes select the Playlists you want from the source list in TouchCopy. You can select multiple playlists by CTRL-Clicking items in this list. Once you have selected your Playlists - click the "Copy to iTunes" button in TouchCopy.

When transferring a playlist into iTunes, 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.

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

TouchCopy also enables you to transfer music and playlists directly to your hard drive by clicking on the Copy button in TouchCopy. You can then import your music into iTunes by selecting the File tab and then Add folder to library in iTunes.

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. The XML file can be used to import the playlist into iTunes. To import the playlist into iTunes, in iTunes, select 'File -> Library->Import Playlist...'. Select the XML file saved by TouchCopy with the same name as the playlist you require and click 'Open'.

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Latest Comments

greg wrote...
All my playlists on my iPod are not appearing on touchcopy 16.

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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@greg Please open a support ticket on our online helpdesk detailing which model of device you are using and one of our technical team will be able to assist further.
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@mike When TouchCopy quits unexpectedly on Mac, it should ask to send an error report. Please copy the contents of this report as a support ticket on our online helpdesk. This will enable us to investigate this issue further.
mike wrote...
I just purchased this and it "closes unexpectedly" when I double click my device. Please assist
Chris Beech wrote...
how can i change the location of where TC sends songs to Itunes. i dont have enough room on my C drive to add all my songs from ipod. I have change the path in Itunes to my external drive where my music is. I see there is an option to change the path for backing up to other location, which is great, but i need to change the path for downloading to itunes. it keeps creating a folder in "my music" which will not work for me. thanks
Robert A Corrigan wrote...
It has not worked importing my Ipod to I tunes, what do I do?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Robert A Corrigan Please open a support ticket on our online helpdesk where one of technical team will be able to help resolve any issues that TouchCopy may be experiencing.
Joan wrote...
"original file can not be located" message I get after transferring music from shuffle to iTunes. Can you advise?
steve wrote...
used touch copy to move cd music from my ipod to itunes library. can see it all on my macbok air but not on my ipad. why? what can I do to have all music available on itunes show on all devices??

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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@steve Once your music has been transferred into iTunes, you must then either sync it to your other devices using the iTunes sync process; or add it to your iCloud library if you have iCloud library enabled on your devices.
Summet wrote...
I've used this product few years which isn't bad, but I have an issue with a very long playlist that I need to back up and now is not copying into iTunes in order. I had this issue once and made a complete mess of the list.

How do I ensure my long playlist copies in the correct order back to iTunes?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Summet TouchCopy should automatically copy your playlist in the order that it is displayed within TouchCopy. Please submit a support ticket on our online helpdesk and confirm that TouchCopy is displaying the playlist in the correct order.
Mike Smith wrote...
I just purchased TouchCopy and when i try to copy songs from my ipod classic to itunes the program keeps locking up. it can get pAst 362 songs out of 2282 before it locks. What do I do????
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Mike Smith Please open a support ticket on our online helpdesk and one of our technical team will be able to assist further. If it is always locking up on the same track number, the track may be corrupt. Please use the Not Copied Items report to copy your remaining tracks.
Tracy wrote...
I am trying to transfer music from an old ipod classic to an itouch. I installed touchcopy and connected the ipod classic and clicked backup to itunes as per instructions on your page. Everything now appears on itunes but it has cleared my ipod. I am now afraid to connect the itouch incase it clears itunes and I lose all my old music and I don't even have it on the ipod classic now. Will this happen? Is it safe to connect the itouch then sync to itunes? What's the best way to get everything on the itouch?
Andrew Sermeno wrote...
I have just bought TouchCopy but will not open or launch after downloading. very angry please help
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Andrew Sermeno Please open a support ticket on our online helpdesk and one of our technical support team will be able to assist in resolving this issue. Please be sure to detail which version of Windows or Mac OS X you are using; as well as any details about errors that may be displayed.
James Barrera wrote...
During my music transfer ti Itunes i keep getting Failed to copy on half of my songs and wont transfer. Why is that? this is very annoying.
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@James Barrera Please open a support ticket on our online helpdesk and one of our technical support team will be able to provide assistance with this issue. Please be sure to state which versions of TouchCopy, iOS, iTunes and Windows or Mac you are using.
martin wrote...
I'm trying to transfer my playlists back into iTunes, using touchcopy16(bought in last few days), it transfers files but not into my playlists files I have in itunes, what am I doing wrong????