How to copy a playlist from iPhone to iTunes

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How to copy a playlist from iPhone to iTunes
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We carry our music everywhere with us – entire libraries that would have taken boxes and shelves to hold are now slipped into our pockets. We are able to access an almost endless catalogue of music any time we want and tinker with mixes and playlists wherever we like. In a moment of inspiration on the bus we can put together a classic playlist on our iPhone, but then we want to transfer it onto our iTunes when we get home. Here’s how.

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Things you need

  • An iPhone
  • A PC or laptop with iTunes
  • A connecting USB cable

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  1. 1

    Connect your iPhone to your PC or laptop using the USB cable provided. Open iTunes and your iPhone name (e.g. "Joe Bloggs' iPhone") will appear to the left of the screen.

  2. 2

    Click on the grey triangle to the left of the name of your phone in iTunes. A list of your playlists will appear, so select the one you want and right click on it. Select "Export" and save the file on your desktop or in another folder. Save it with a name ending in ".xml."

  3. 3

    In the iTunes menu select "File," then "Library," then "Import Playlist." Locate the file that you saved to your desktop or other folder and click on it. The playlist will then be imported. You can then delete the ".xml" file.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also transfer the entire paid-for content of your iPhone to your iTunes by following step one, right clicking on the name of your iPhone and selecting "Transfer Purchases." This is handy is your hard drive breaks on your PC or laptop.

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