Exporting and Importing Playlists

In this lesson for iTunes on the Mac, we look at how to export playlists from iTunes and also how we import playlists into iTunes. This may come in handy if you want to have the same playlists on multiple computers, you just export them from one and import them into another.

Exporting Playlists
To export a playlist, you select the playlist you want to export from iTunes and then go to File in the Menu Bar. From there select Library. A submenu will, and from there you’ll select Export Playlist. When you select this, just select where you want the playlist to be saved, I usually will go with the Desktop. A side note, when you export a playlist, it does not actually export the media files. Now that you have the playlist exported, you can move it to another computer and import it to have the same playlist.

Importing Playlists
This works very similar to exporting playlists. Just go up to File in the menu bad, elect Library, and you’ll see Import Playlists. From there you just select the playlist file you want to import and then that playlist will be in your iTunes. Again, the media files will not actually be imported.

Exporting Media
To export your media from a playlist, you open the playlist and select all the media, in my case in the video I select all the songs. From there you drag them into a folder in the Finder. When you do this, iTunes will make a copy of all the music in that playlist. You can then drag all the files in that folder to your iTunes on your other computer to import the media.

See this Lesson in Action
If you want to see this lesson in action, take a look at the video above.

Lesson tags: Mac Tutorials
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