How do I copy playlists from my iPod to iTunes?

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How to copy playlists from iPod to iTunes?

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How to copy playlists from iPod to iTunes


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 from your device to your library. Our TouchCopy software can help you with this, by copying your playlists in a couple of mouse clicks.

To copy playlists from your iPod straight to your iTunes library, follow these instructions...

  1. Download and install TouchCopy.
  2. Launch TouchCopy by click the TouchCopy 16 icon on your desktop.
  3. Connect your iPod to your computer via the USB cable.
  4. Select the playlist you wish to copy from your iPod and click "Copy to iTunes" in TouchCopy.

If your playlist contains 100 songs or fewer, you'll be able to copy it using the free TouchCopy demo. A full version of TouchCopy is required to transfer more than 100 iPod songs to your computer or iTunes.

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Detailed Steps

To transfer your 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.

Transfer playlists from iPod to iTunes

Once you have selected your Playlists - click the 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.

For details on copying playlists to iTunes please see the TouchCopy user guide.

TouchCopy can also copy your playlists to your computer hard drive. For this, select a playlist and click on "Copy to PC" or the "Copy to Mac" button.

Music in the playlists will be saved to your computer in the folders and file name format you have specified in TouchCopy Options. TouchCopy also produces 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 by choosing File > Library > Import Playlist in iTunes.

Also please see our YouTube video demoing how to transfer songs and playlists to iTunes.

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Latest Comments

Nick Srinivasan wrote...
Dear Sir,

I am trying to copy the videos from my iPOD Touch to the iTUNES.

I followed the instructions on your web site. But I don't see an icon "iTunes" button on your window. I only see "Copy to PC" icon.

Please help!

--N. Srinivasan
Fernando wrote...
I bought this yesterday, and does not work properly...need someone to contact me
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Fernando Please see the latest response to your support ticket for further assistance with TouchCopy.
Ernie Ceccato wrote...
My MacBook was stolen and I have my iPhone with my music and a couple of iPods that have more songs. Can I upload multiple devices into iTunes on my new MacBook? Thanks.
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Ernie Ceccato I can confirm that TouchCopy is able to copy content from multiple different iPod, iPhone and iPad devices into your iTunes Library. There is no set limit to the amount of devices that can be used with TouchCopy.
Albert Tarpeh wrote...
Kevin Rackley wrote...
Hi, how can i transfer album artwork from my ipod to pc, after installing a new pc.
thank you
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Kevin Rackley When you copy your tracks to your PC using TouchCopy, TouchCopy will also copy the metadata from your device for those tracks. This will include artwork for those tracks if artwork is present on your device.
Kimberly DeMattia wrote...
I bought your TouchCopy 16 to move my playlist from an old ipod, into my itunes. The music is already in my itunes. I just wanted the song selection playlist to be transferred so I don't have to go and recreate 150 playlist. Q? is.. when I use your software to do this, I noticed it appears to be copying music to my itunes, not just the mapping of the playlist. Does this mean I am going to have duplicates now? and if so, how do I eliminate the duplicates and keep the playlist mapping?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Kimberly DeMattia TouchCopy will check whether your tracks are in iTunes before performing the copy. If they are already in iTunes, TouchCopy will update the existing track rather than adding the track and creating a duplicate. As such, TouchCopy should not create any duplicates and will map your existing tracks.
Sabrina wrote...
I downloaded all my playlists to itunes and it took quite awhile..when finished I inplugged ipod.I went to itunes and each playlist only had like 1-8 songs but I should have between 25-200 songs on each one.Any suggestions?
Allan Woods wrote...
I previously purchased touch Copt to transfer my music library from my I pod to my new laptop after the old laptop crashed. That would have been about five years ago now. My laptop has again crashed and I lost over 10,000 tunes from my laptop which I can't replace . Can I use old touch copy which was supposed to be a lifetime purchase? Or do I need to buy a new version of touch copy.? As it has been a while since I updated my I pod by connecting to I tunes, I have no idea which version of iOS is on my I pod. How can I find out and how can I save my music back to computer? It is imperative I don't lose the music off I pod too.
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Allan Woods For maximum compatibility, we would recommend upgrading to the latest version of TouchCopy. You can however still access your previously purchased version of TouchCopy by using our free activation code lookup service.
Steve Harmer wrote...
I purchased touchopy about a month ago, it never worked past finding the ipod/ipad.

I just came back and downloaded the new version and now it does find the ipod which was good. I can now copy music to the pc but when copying to itunes it hangs on track 1 of any playlist? Ipod is up to date, latest itunes (fresh install) DO I wait for the next version of Touchcopy to fix this problem or is this something else?


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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Steve Harmer Please submit a support ticket on our online helpdesk detailing the version of Windows and iTunes you are using. This will enable our technical support team to investigate and resolve this issue.
Marilyn Hathaway wrote...
I just purchased TouchCopy and started by copying all the files to the ITUNES on my PC. It took a while a copied 1000+ files. I go to Itunes and they are not there in my library?? Where did it copy the files to?? I cant even find the files in Explore?? Then I tried copying the files to my Pc and received and error which I reported and it closed the software. If your software doesnt work to transfer the files from my IPOD to my ITUNES PC I want my money returned. Please Help!
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Marilyn Hathaway I am sorry to hear that TouchCopy did not work as expected. Please submit a support ticket on our online helpdesk detailing which version of TouchCopy you are using. One of our technical support team will then be able to help resolve this issue and get your music copied over.
Cymen Van Arme wrote...
Guys Hi. What's the difference between the free download & paying for the full version? Extremely happy to pay for the software so why offer the free version? Am I being thick?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Cymen Van Arme The free version will display all of your content that can be copied in the full version, but you cannot copy this content in the free version. The free version will only enable you to copy up to 100 tracks for free. This is intended to allow you to determine whether the full version will meet your requirements before committing to a purchase.
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Richard Fish I am sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused. Please submit a support ticket on our online helpdesk and one of our technical staff will be able to assist with this issue. Please be sure to include which version of TouchCopy you are running as well as which version of iOS you have on your iPod (if applicable).