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How to Transfer Playlist from iPod to iTunes with/without iTunes

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Aaron Donald

February 23, 2017 (Updated: September 20, 2017)• Filed to: Transfer iPhone Media

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If you have hundreds of thousands of songs on your iPod, it really takes time to create playlists. You may want to copy playlists from iPod to iTunes so that you can enjoy songs from the local computer. However, it is not easy to transfer playplist from iPod to iTunes unless you know the trick. No worries. 2 methods are introduced below for you to do the job freely.

2 Ways to Transfer Playlist from iPod to iTunes

1 Copy iPod Playlist to iTunes without iTunes

There is no way to transfer playlist from iPod to iTunes directly. Without iTunes, you need the right tool to make it. You can consider iMyFone TunesMate which is one of the best iTunes alternative. It is an iOS manager that presents efficient ways to manage your iPod activities for music and other file management needs.

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It offers an all-in-one solution for you to manage or transfer your playlist or music in an easy way. It is much easy to handle than iTunes. It gives you more free control of your iPod data or iTunes library.

TunesMate provides seamless entertainment with all your music around including:

  • Copy playlist and music from iPod to iTunes library
  • Transfer part of the music in the playlist to iTunes or computer
  • Export music directly from computer to iPod instead of making through iTunes library
  • Add or delete new playlist without deleting songs in it
  • Manage or transfer purchased and non-purchased music
  • Support songs with different formats
  • Rebuild iTunes library from unlimited iOS devices

So how can we transfer iPod playlist to iTunes?

You don’t have to worry about duplicate as TunesMate will detect all and will avoid them during transfer. There are two ways to transfer your music:

First Method: 1-Click to Transfer All Music in One Playlist

  1. Link your iPod to computer and go to “Music” from TunesMate’s interface.
  2. All your iPod playlsits will be listed under “PLAYLISTS”. Right click a specific playlist and choose “Export to iTunes”.

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Second Method: Transfer Part of the Music in One Playlist

  1. Still go to “Music “ on TunesMate when your iPod is detected.
  2. Select a specific playlist from the left and the songs in the playlist will be listed up.
  3. Check the songs you want to transfer with the playlist and click “Export > Export to iTunes”.

2 How to Transfer iPod Playlist to iTunes Library with iTunes

iTunes can be used to transfer your playlist as an alternative approach. However, note that iTunes is with its peculiar trouble, unlike using the TunesMate we just discussed, but you can still find a way of doing it as described below.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer.
Step 2: Tap the icon on the very top left and choose “Show Menu Bar”.
Step 3: Connect your iPod to computer and click device icon on iTunes.
Step 4: On the left-side menu, you will see all your iPod playlists. Select a specific playlist.
Step 5: Select “File > Library > Export Playlist” to save your playlist as a text file on your computer.
Step 6: Then go to “File > Library > Import Playlists” from the top.
Step 7: Choose the playlist you saved on computer just now to import playlist to iTunes.

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Then you can make it. See, it is more complicated than the way without iTunes. You need to export your playlist from iPod to computer and then import playlist from computer to iTunes. Without these tricks, it is hard for iPod users to figure out how to make it.

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It just needs 2 or 3 steps to transfer playlist from iPod to iTunes. It is more complicated to transfer iPod playlist to iTunes with even 7 steps.
Without tricks, users can easy figure how to make it. Without tricks, most users do not know how to transfer playlist.
You can directly copy playlist from iPod to iTunes. No directly. You need to transfer playlist to computer first and then import playlist from computer.
You can transfer all music or selected music in a playlist. Only the playlist will be transferred to iTunes. No songs in the playlist will be copied as well.
It supports two-way transmission which means you can also transfer iTunes library to iPod. It does not support to transfer iTunes playlist to iPod
It supports to transfer purchased and non-purchased songs. It only supports purchased songs.
You can transfer playlists to the same iTunes with unlimited iOS devices. You can transfer playlists to the same iTunes with at large 5 iDevice.

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