How to Import iTunes Library (Playlists) to Apple Music in 2024

Posted by Adam Gorden on Feb 16, 2023 3:00 PM.

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For Apple Music users, you may know your main iTunes library will not have any Apple Music provided that you don't turn on the iCloud music library - your library will be matched or uploaded if turned on. But now you may want to transfer your iTunes library to Apple Music for reasons, for example you get a new computer that runs the Apple Music app but your favorites are saved to old iTunes app on another. If you wish to bring some of your iTunes playlists to your Apple Music library, you can find the answer in this post.

Transferring your iTunes playlists to the Apple Music library might seem like a simple task, especially you have the access to the local files of them on your computer. But whether you already have the local files of your iTunes playlists, or you're trying to transfer them to the Apple Music app for the first time, taking several minutes to go through the 3 ways here can mean the experience that you expect for.

In reverse if you wish to transfer your Apple Music library to the iTunes software, read the post below:

Way 1. Recreate Apple Music Playlists with Matching Items
Way 2. Transfer iTunes Playlists to Apple Music Library with Soundiiz
Way 3. Import iTunes Playlists from Computer to Music App with ViWizard

Way 1. Recreate Apple Music Playlists with Matching Items

For starters you can try to recreate playlists in the Apple Music app and add matching items from the original iTunes playlists manually. We suggest you to complete this process in your computer that runs the iTunes software. Since you can access your Apple Music library in the Apple Music web app easily with one compatible browser, which is convenient for you to organize your iTunes and Apple Music libraries by using a non-separate device.

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Step 1 On your computer, open the iTunes software.

Step 2 Now open a compatible browser to head to to log in with the Apple ID and password you use to access your Apple Music library.

Step 3 Once logged in the Apple Music web app, click the Search filed at the top of the sidebar. Type the info of any items contained in your iTunes playlists.

Step 4 Go ahead to find it and add it to any playlist below Playlists in the sidebar.

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Way 2. Transfer iTunes Playlists to Apple Music Library with Soundiiz

If you wish to seek help from a third-party, you may know the Soundiiz. It is an online tool for listeners to manage their music collections across music services. To transfer your playlists from one music service to another in Soundiiz, you'll need to find and get the playlist link URL and you're good to go.

Step 1 Head to Soundiiz to log in by serval ways.

Step 2 On Soundiiz, select iTunes in platforms list > Export my playlists.

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Step 3 Open your iTunes software and head to the playlist you want to export. To get the playlist link URL, you must confirm whether the contained songs are iTunes files or music from Apple Music catalog. Because if those files are uploaded from the local sources, you may not be able to find the "Copy Link" button. But you can try to export your playlist as a .txt file to use instead.

1. For your Apple Music playlist: Click on the More button on the right > Share Playlist > Copy Link. Now the playlist link URL is exported to your keyboard.

2. For your iTunes files playlist: Select the playlist and choose File > Library > Export Playlist. To save the playlist as a .txt file, please open the "Save as type" drop-down menu and choose Test files (*.txt). Click Save to continue.

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Step 4 Return to Soundiiz, paste the shared link URL from your iTunes playlist or click Select .txt file to find and select the file exported from your iTunes files playlist.

Step 5 Once imported, select and confirm the items contained in that playlist. Consider adding the required and optional info of that playlist. Click Save configuration.

Step 6 Choose Apple Music as the destination and sign in to Apple Music with your Apple ID that you use to start your Apple Music subscription.

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Step 7 Once the transfer is finished, head to the Apple Music app and check to see the recreated playlists in your music library.

Even using Soundiiz to transfer your iTunes playlists to your Apple Music library makes senses for reasons, but it's not that convenient, especially if some of your playlists are iTunes files playlists, which are created based on your personal music collection. In some cases, you won't able to play the same music you transfer with Soundizz. Because the recreated playlist in the Music app is not matched with the original one for 100% due to some conflicting music sources about this. And finally, you have to do some duplicate works to match the items yourself by using Way 1. However, whether you decide to transfer either Apple Music or iTunes files playlists, trying the Way 3 can be the best solution. Go ahead.

Way 3. Import iTunes Playlists from Computer to Music App with ViWizard

In Way 3, we'd like to introduce another 3 party-tool called ViWizard Audio Converter to you. Unlike Soundiiz, ViWizard lets you get the actual files of the items contained in your iTunes playlists. You may wonder whether the file formats are Apple Music-compatible, and ViWizard offers the option for you to make a few simple adjustments. There're 6 output formats supported by ViWizard, including MP3, M4A, M4B, WAV, AAV and FLAC. For Apple Music, you can choose from MP3, AAC and WAV. Making your iTunes playlist compatible with Apple Music can mean the difference between limited access to the music you love and almost unlimited world of musical possibilities.

Best iTunes Playlists to Apple Music App Converter - ViWizard Audio Converter

In addition to the playlists made up by iTunes files or Apple Music, you can also bring your iTunes audiobooks and Audible audiobooks if you are an Audiobook lover by using ViWizard. What's more, it's powerful to keep the original music quality and ID3 tags of the selected iTunes contents. On either Windows or Mac computer, pick this Apple Music converter from the download box below. And here's how to figure out how to download the MP3 version of your iTunes playlists.

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  • Convert Apple Music songs to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, M4B
  • Losslessly remove DRM from Audible audiobook & iTunes audiobooks
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  • Retain 100% original quality and ID3 tags
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Step 1Select iTunes Playlists

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Launch the ViWizard Audio Converter on your computer, it will relaunch the iTunes software for you if you launch it previously. Now head to the playlist you want to transfer to the Apple Music app under Playlists in the side bar. Drag and drop it to the interface ViWizard to start.

Step 2Adjust Format Settings

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Now click the Format tab, which display the current format of the added music tracks. Now choose MP3, AAC or WAV and click OK.

Step 3Download iTunes Playlists

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Now start the conversion by clicking the Convert button. And ViWizard will convert and download the added music tracks at a 30x speed. Once it's finished you see the output folder is opened up automatically on your screen.

Step 4Import iTunes Playlists to the Apple Music App

Now please prepare an external storage device to transfer all the Apple Music files to it on your computer. Then plug in to connect with another computer that runs the Apple Music app. Don't hesitate to add the music folder for your iTunes playlist to the Apple Music app.

1. In the Music app on your Mac, choose File > Add to Library or File > Import. If you selected "Copy files to Music Media folder when adding to library" in Files settings, you see File > Import.

2. Locate a file or folder, then click Open. If you add a folder, all the files it contains are added to your library.

3. Create a playlist to contain the matching music files.

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