Let’s face it, sometimes inspiration strikes when you’re mobile. You’re on the train, the bus, the airplane and the playlist magic just, well, happens. All the stars line up and you create, yes, the best. Playlist. Evar.
Then you get home and realize, with some chagrin, that you have no idea how to get them off of the iPhone or iPad you made it on. Instead of falling to your knees, weeping, and crying out, “noooooo!” you can actually just continue to read this tip.
Connect that iOS device to your Mac (or, ok, fine, your Windows machine) and launch iTunes, if it doesn’t just auto-launch. Look over in the left hand pane in iTunes and find the Devices menu. Click on the playlist you want to copy over.
Right click on that very special playlist (Control-click or two finger click on a trackpad) and select Export. Name the playlist (Best Most Awesome Musics EVAR is a good one), and choose XML as the format. Save the file to your Desktop, where all good files go to wait.
Now, remaining in iTunes, select the File menu and choose Library, then Import Playlist. Click on the playlist with the .xml extension from where you just saved it. Boom! Instant playlist on your computer, right? You’ll obviously need the same songs on your Mac or Windows PC that are included on your playlist, but you already knew that, right?
Go ahead, have at it. Enjoy the playlist on your Mac, via iTunes as well as on the iOS device of origin. You can thank us later.
- Via OS X Daily