Where did all my Apple Music Playlists go?

Part 1: Why We Want to find iTunes Playlist Location?

Sometimes people need to find out their playlist and the reason to find out these playlist is crashing of computer or losing of phone etc. I am going to discuss a case with you here with solution, whose computer is crashed and this person lost everything from their computer.

“I lost all of my files and libraries and music. After try my best to rescue them ,the problem is all of my playlists that I’ve spent years tweaking, I don’t want to lose them! I’m wondering where the file is within iTunes so that I can recover it.”

Now in this case, he needs to know where these playlists are saved, so he can easily recover it. If this person don’t know about the saved location of playlist then this person cannot recover his music libraries again.

Where Are My ITunes Playlists Stored?

You will find the playlist information in your iTunes Library file. You do not need to create separate files or folders to organize your playlists.


How do I get playlists from iPhone to iTunes?

How to Copy Playlist From iPhone, iPad, or iPod to iTunes on Computer

  • Connect your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad to your computer.
  • From the “Devices” section, expand the selections under your device.
  • Select the playlist you wish to export.

How Do I Sort My Itunes Playlist By Artist?

I would like to order music playlists alphabetically by artist. Please let me know how to do this. Answer: A: Check the views options by selecting View -> Show View Options or View -> Sort By under the View menu.

How do I restore my playlists on Apple music?

If you’ve signed out of Apple Music on your phone and lost your playlist here’s how to get it back:

  1. Go to settings on your iPhone.
  2. Go down to “Music” and press it.
  3. Under the “Library” heading turn on “iCloud Music Library”

How to Export iTunes Playlist ?

You can export your playlists as an TXT, XML, M3U files by selecting the playlists and using the File>Library>Export Playlist. 

Option 1: Export iTunes Playlist to M3U

The M3U playlist format was originally implemented in Winamp but it’s currently supported by most media players such as Songbird, MediaMonkey, iTunes and etc. As illustrated in the screenshot attached above, please select M3U from the Format drop-down list to export your iTunes playlist to M3U.

Option 2: Export iTunes Playlist to PLS

Unfortunately, you will not be able to export your iTunes playlist to the PLS format. But, you can still import your iTunes library to Songbird and then save your playlists to the PLS format.

Part 2. How to Recover Deleted Playlist from Apple Music

After you understand all possible reasons, you can now follow the tips below to learn how to recover your deleted playlists on Apple Music.

1. Check Your Subscription

First of all, you can check whether your Apple Music subscription is out of date on the phone. You can see the quick steps below.

Step 1. Open the Settings on your phone, and then tap your name.

Step 2. Tap Subscriptions to see whether it’s expired. (If you don’t see this option, you can tap the “iTunes & App Store” > your Apple ID > View Apple ID, sign in and scroll down to tap Subscriptions.

2. Turn 'Show Apple Music' ON

2. Turn ‘Show Apple Music’ ON

When you update to iOS 15, the Show Apple Music option might be turned off automatically. You can then check it and turn it on to make Apple Music playlist visible in your Library.

Step 1. Go to Settings > Music on your iPhone.

Step 2. Under Music column, you can see Show Apple Music option. Tap it on if this is off. If it’s already on, you can turn it off first and then toggle it on again.

3. Turn 'iCloud Music Library' ON

3. Turn ‘iCloud Music Library’ ON

The following guide will show you how to turn on or restart iCloud Music Library on iPhone step by step. Then you’re able to get your lost playlist back on Apple Music.

Step 1. Open iPhone and go to Settings. Scroll down to Music section and tap on it.

Step 2. Under Library column, you’ll see iCloud Music Library option. If it’s already turned on, you should turn it off firstly and then activate it again. If not, simply tap the toggle to turn it on.

Step 3. A popup will appear asking whether to enable iCloud Music Library or not. Select Merge to confirm.

Then it will merge and replace the deleted Apple Music songs or playlists with your music that’s already in iCloud. Therefore, you’ll be able to access the disappearing library from Apple Music again.

Note: To avoid Apple Music deleting your songs in

Note: To avoid Apple Music deleting your songs in the future, you are highly suggested to disable iCloud Music Library after getting back the lost playlists.

4. Update iCloud Music Library with iTunes

Alternatively, you can try to update iCloud Music Library by using iTunes to get back your disappeared Apple Music playlists. The following is how.

Step 1. Open iTunes app on your PC or Mac computer. Then navigate to the File > Library option.

Step 2. Click the Update iCloud Music Library option and it will start refreshing the entire library on your device and may help you restore the missing playlists.

5. Check Whether Apple Music Was Set as Other Medi

5. Check Whether Apple Music Was Set as Other Media

In your iTunes, the memory storage is divided into Audio, Apps, and Other. Usually, when you update iOS, the Apple Music files are mistakenly sorted out to the Other media. And you will find playlists disappeared from Apple Music. As for this condition, you can use the method below to fix it.

Step 1. Connect your device to a computer with a USB cable. Then launch iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. From iTunes, click the icon of your phone. Tap the Summary button.

Step 3. You will find the memory bar on this page. If you find the Other media is too large, try to sync your device with iTunes.

Step 4. At last, disconnect the phone from the computer and restart your phone. Check whether this Apple Music playlists disappeared issue is still there.

6. Toggle on Apple Music Playlist Button

“All my Apple Music playlists disappeared, but I can see these Apple Music playlists from iTunes on computer.” When your problem is similar to this user, you can try his or her solution.

Step 1. Go to the Apple Music app on your phone or tablet.

Step 2. Go to Library and tap the Edit button.

Step 3. If you find the Playlist was turned off from the Library view, turn it on.

Change where imported files are stored

You can change where your iTunes media files are stored.

Important: For best results, don’t change the location of the iTunes folder or the folders inside it.

  1. In the iTunes app on your PC, choose Edit > Preferences, then click Advanced.

  2. Click Change, then select a new location for your files.

    From now on, new songs and other items you import will be stored in the new location. Songs you’ve already imported stay in their current location.

    Tip: If you want to now move your current files to the new location. see Consolidate your files in the iTunes folder.

To go back to storing imported files in the iTunes folder, choose Edit > Preferences, click Advanced, then click Reset.

How to Sync Apple Music and Media to Your iPhone

With iTunes gone, you will now use the Finder app to sync or remove content from your iPhone or iPad. Here’s how to sync apple music to your iPhone:

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer using a USB cable.
  2. Open the Finder app. This is the half-gray and half-blue icon in your dock.
  3. Click your device in the left sidebar. Click “Trust your device” if prompted.
  4. From the list, select the boxes next to items that you want to sync.
  5. Click Apply.

Note: If you are a Windows user, you can continue using iTunes to manage and sync your iPhone or iPad media. 

If you want to know how to back up your iPhone on a Mac running Catalina or later, check out our step-by-step guide here.

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