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Export Playlists as Plain Text, Unicode, or XML Files

Export playlists as text files if you want to archive the Library information, or if you want to import the information into another program, such as a database application.

Export as XML if you want to use the playlist in iTunes on another computer. When you import the XML file into iTunes on another computer, iTunes looks in its Library for the songs and videos listed in the imported playlist. Songs and videos that are not in the Library will not show up in the “Name” column.

Export as Unicode if you’re using a double-byte alphabet such as Japanese or Chinese.

This procedure creates a file that includes information for every column in iTunes, even if some columns are not visible in your iTunes window.

  1. Select a playlist. From the File menu, choose “Export...”
  2. In the “Save” window that opens, name the file. Set the “Format” pop-up menu to “Plain Text,” “Unicode Text,” or “XML,” then choose a location where you want to save it.

To create a text file (.txt) of song information that includes only the columns you have chosen to be visible (from the View menu, choose “View Options...”):

  1. Select one or more songs or videos that appear in the “Name” column.
  2. From the Edit menu, choose “Copy.” Or Control-click on the song selection, then choose “Copy” from the pop-up contextual menu.
  3. Open another application such as TextEdit, then from the Edit menu, choose “Paste.” Or press Command V (for paste).
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