How to import iTunes playlists into the Music app

How to import iTunes playlists into the Music app

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If you have spent a great deal of time building out playlists in iTunes, you probably don’t want to have to rebuild those playlists. With the Music app in Windows 8, you can import those playlists into your collection.

If you are on a Windows 8 PC with iTunes installed and your music collection physically downloaded on the PC, you can follow these easy steps to add your iTunes playlists into the Music app.

Step 1: Open the Music app.


Step 2: Tap or click on “my music”.


Step 3: Under “my music”, tap or click on “playlists”.


Step 4: Bring up the app commands by either swiping from the bottom or right-clicking.

Step 5: Tap or click on “Import playlists”.


Step 6: The Music app will then look for playlists in your Music library on your PC and playlists created in iTunes. Just click “Import playlists” to import them in!


The end result is you should see your iTunes playlists in the Music app – as seen here with my iTunes playlist called “iTunes Stuff”.


If you have an Xbox Music Pass, you can sync your music to the cloud. The Music app can automatically scan your music collection and match the information to music from the Xbox Music Store. If a match is made, that music is tagged and available for streaming on your Windows 8, Windows RT, or Windows Phone devices and your Xbox 360 console.


In order to make sure you have cloud sync enabled:

  1. Start the Xbox Music app in Windows 8 or Windows RT.
  2. Swipe from the right or go to the upper-right or lower-right corner to bring out the charms.
  3. Tap or click on the Settings charms, and then tap or click Preferences.
  4. Make sure Xbox Music Cloud is set to “On.”

If you want to import your iTunes playlists on a Windows RT device – you will first need to move all your music files from your Music library on the PC that has iTunes installed (including the “iTunes” folder in your Music library) and all your music to your Windows RT device and then follow the steps outlined above to import your iTunes playlists.

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  • Will the Surface RT be updated to the 8.1 software?  Basically, will the RT be able to utilize iTunes playlists as well?

  • - As far as I know, the import feature doesn't work with Spotify playlists but I haven't tried.

    - The Music app is getting a very cool update with Windows 8.1 which I think you will enjoy!

  • JKewley
    0 Posts

    I seriously hope MS are working on the Music app ahead of the Blue release. XBox music is so bad on Windows and Windows Phone that after years using my Zune subscription I've decided to let it lapse. Hey quick - go quickly play all songs in particular genre using XBox music. Or try to download to your computer and sync to your phone music you have the rights to on your XBox Music Pass. Or add a podcast to XBox music by pasting in a RSS Url. Or explain to a user who is new to Windows 8 how to manage their collection and have them get it. "Step 1 - download iTunes. Step 2, check the windows blog to see how to sync the playlists you can easily create."

    So frustrated.

  • Lupsu33
    0 Posts

    And is there Spotify playlists support? That would be really cool!

  • - it should!

  • What about detecting Zune playlists?

  • Well, my playlist is rather small, 216 songs. Most of it is rare stuff that you'll won't find anywhere else. But I do thank you for this article, and making this easier.

  • - Can you tell me a little bit more about how your playlists get butchered? I want to see what I can find out on this. Thanks!

  • Vedichymn
    10 Posts

    Any plans to raise the playlist size?  I've got iTunes playlists with more than 1000 songs, and they get butchered by Xbox Music.