Changed to a new computer and want to move the iTunes playlists to your new computer? Instead of recreating the playlist again from scratch, transferring it is quite easy and fast, especially when you have a large playlist. In this article, we share 2 easy ways to export iTunes playlists to new PC/Mac.

Note: Playlists do not actually contain song files. They contain only the information about the songs.

Method 1:Export iTunes Playlists to Computer with iTunes

In iTunes, you can easily move iTunes playlists to a new computer using the Export and Import function.

  • Open iTunes on your old computer. Choose File > Library > Export Playlist.

    Choose a location to save the file. You can use a USB flash drive if you have one. Finally select “XML” as the format for your exported file.

  • Launch iTunes on your new computer. Click the “File” menu, select “Library” and click “Import Playlist.” Navigate to the playlist XML file you exported and click “Open” to add the playlist to the left iTunes menu.
Note: Songs not available on the new computer will be removed from the playlist.


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Method 2: Transfer iTunes Playlists to New Computer with iTunes Match

For $24.99 a year, iTunes Match keeps your music synced across all your Apple devices and provides a web-based backup in case you lose music. You can easily transfer iTunes library and playlists to the new computer with iTunes Match.

    • Run iTunes and go to iTunes store. Enter you Apple ID and password and click on Add this computer.

    • After you purchased the service, it will upload your iTunes songs to iCloud. Then click on Done option.

    • Now you can see an icon of iCloud in the front of every song have matched and uploaded to iCloud.

    • Go to your new computer, open iTunes and sign in to your iCloud account. In the Store menu, click Turn on iTunes Match. A listing of the music in your iCloud account will download to your new iTunes library.

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