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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

Summary

If you have created a playlist on your iPod and wish to copy it to your iTunes library, you may be a bit surprised that iTunes does not provide a simple way of importing playlists and music from your device to your library.

Our TouchCopy software can help you with this, by copying your music and playlists in a couple of 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.
  3. Click the "Music" section.
  4. Select the songs and playlists you wish to copy. You can select multiple tracks and playlists by shift-clicking them in TouchCopy.
  5. Click "Copy to iTunes" (or "Copy to Music" on Catalina/Big Sur); in TouchCopy.
  6. TouchCopy will open iTunes and start populating it with music from your device.

TouchCopy is also compatible with Macs running macOS Catalina and Big Sur.

As iTunes was replaced by the Music app in macOS Catalina, you can use TouchCopy to copy your music and playlists to the Music app!

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Details

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 16.66 or later to ensure 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 (or CMD-Clicking on Mac) 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'.

Import playlists into iTunes

How to copy music from iPod/iPhone/iPad to Music app

As mentioned, TouchCopy is also fully compatible with Macs running macOS Catalina and Big Surr.

So, you can easily copy your music from your iPod, iPhone or iPad to your Music App on your Mac. Here's how it's done:

  1. Download and install TouchCopy on your Mac.
  2. Launch TouchCopy and connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod using your USB cable.
  3. Click the "Music" section.
  4. Select the songs and playlists you want to copy.
  5. Click "Copy to Music" in TouchCopy.
  6. TouchCopy will open the Music app and start copying the music from your device.
Copy music and playlists from iPod to mac Music app
Publisher: Wide Angle Software
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