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    Jan 11, 2018
    Iím a new Mac user but am unable to copy playlists from my iTunes on my Mac to a usb.Could someone talk me through the process and does the usb need formatting

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    Jan 23, 2009
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    A warm welcome to Mac-Forums.

    A lot depends on what you are intending to do with the Playlists.

    In the first article below (first question about a third way down), it tells you how to copy a playlist and export it to a USB Stick. The usual purpose in doing this is to transfer the Playlists(s) to another Mac with iTunes.

    Your need may be different??

    I don't think you can play the music direct from the USB stick.

    As regards formatting: if it is exclusively for transfer from Mac to Mac, then format the stick "OS X Extended (Journaled)" aka HFS+.

    If you are transferring to a Windows PC, then FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS
    Maximum file size: 4GB
    You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB

    Articles to consider:

    If these don't help you or if I've misunderstood your question or needs, post back.


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    Jan 13, 2014
    The USB will already be formatted if it's new. If it's not new just delete everything on it.
    Go to iTunes and select your playlist. Now click on an item in the right hand side (the list of songs in the play list) Now control-A (select all the songs in the play list). Now just drag them to the USB. Or while the songs are still selected, Control-C (copy) then find your USB in finder, open it, click in it, and Control-V (paste). That's how I do it.

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    Jan 11, 2018
    Thanks very much,youíve explained it really well..cheers

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