How to Import iTunes Playlist to Apple Music

To better managing and enjoying music, some people would like to import iTunes playlists to Apple music. And they can enjoy music with their iPhone where they go. This guide will lead you through how to transfer playlists to Music app.


By Dylan / Updated on June 8, 2023

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Why import iTunes Playlist to Apple Music?

iTunes is an outstanding media files manager and music store for iPhone users. People buy music on the iTunes store and create their own unique playlists with iTunes to enjoy them on their computers.

In some cases, to enjoy music anytime, you may want to import iTunes playlist to Apple Music on iPhone especially when you switch to a new iPhone. Besides, Apple Music is a nice music app to manage your music collection. For example, you can easily share music with your friends.

So next, see the following section, we would like to help you import iTunes playlist to Apple music.

How to import iTunes Playlist to Apple Music

There are 2 ways of performing this task. iTunes can help you export songs to XML files to be added to your Apple Music. Or using a third-party iOS data managing tool to transfer songs from iTunes to iPhone Music.

Method 1. Import playlist to Apple Music on Mac

XML is an extensible markup language, which can be used to store and transfer your playlist.  iTunes can help you to export your library music into XML files. Then you can import the files into Apple Music on a Mac. Here are the steps:

Export songs into XML library

1. install and run iTunes on your computer.

2. On the top menu, click “File” > “Library” > “Export playlist” to save the playlist as XML files to this computer.

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Import XML file to Apple Music

1. Run Apple Music on a Mac.

2. Click “File” on the menu bar > “Library” > “Import Playlist”.

3. Choose the XML files and hit “Open”.

Later, the playlist will be listed in the Music interface.

Method 2. Transfer iTunes playlist to Apple Music without syncing (Windows)

If you are using a Windows computer, there is a straightforward way to quickly transfer the playlist to your Apple Music. You can turn to FoneTool, which is a popular iOS transfer software enabling you to import iTunes music on your iPhone Music and listen offline.

Besides, compared with iTunes, it has some advantages, including:

• Support transferring non-purchased songs and purchased music, or any music collections.
• If you need, FoneTool is also able to transfer music to iPod Touch, iPad, even if they are signed in with a different account.

Now you can click the download button and follow the guide below to see how it works:

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✍ Note: If you save the original music file on an external disk, please connect the drive with your computer.

Step 1. Run and install FoneTool, click “Transfer to iPhone” on the interface.

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Step 2. Click the “+” icon to choose the music.

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✍Tip: If you don’t know where you put the original music files on the PC. Run iTunes > Click Playlist > Right-click on a song, and hit “Show in File Explorer”. Then copy the storage path and open it on the FoneTool.

Step 3. Click “Transfer” to save them on your iPhone.



Now, you have known how to import iTunes playlist to Apple Music. iTunes can save your playlist as XML to add songs on other music software. Apart from Apple Music, most music apps, like Spotify can also import XML files.

If you are using a Windows PC, FoneTool is the easiest way to directly add music to your iPhone. And it is also a professional backup tool. You can backup iPhone music, contacts, messages, and other data with it. 

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.