This handy application converts iTunes playlists to Zune jukebox playlists. I wrote it out of frustration with the Zune jukebox auto-playlist feature, and it has served me well so far. The project is still in development, so if you have any suggestions on how to improve it, please leave a comment.
The program is pretty simple to use. Just follow these handy steps:
- Download the zip file and unzip it to a directory of your choice
- Open iTunes and close the Zune jukebox software
- Right click on the playlist that you wish to export and select ‘Export Song List…’ from the context menu
- Choose where you’d like to save the playlist, and ensure that ‘Save as Type’ is set to *.xml
- Launch the ‘iTunes to Zune Playlist Converter.exe’ application from the unzip directory
- Use the browse button to load the saved *.xml file into the ‘iTunes Playlist File (XML)’ field
- Use the browse button to choose where you’d like to save the converted Zune Playlist file. Note that for the Zune player to recognize the new playlist, it must be saved to C:\Documents and Settings\User\My Documents\My Music\Zune\Playlists\ on Windows XP, or C:\Users\UserName\Music\Zune\Playlists on Windows Vista.
- Click the ‘Convert’ button, and wait for the success message box to pop up.
- Launch the Zune jukebox software and go into the ‘Playlists’ view. You should see your newly created playlist in the pane to the left. Note that it might take a second to recognize the playlist, and another minute or two after that until the list is playable, depending on the size of the list. This is because the Zune software has to sift through the playlist and link each referenced file to one in its current library before the list can be used.
It is important to remember that this only works if the iTunes library and the Zune library in question are drawing from the same media files. This means that you should have the Zune jukebox software set to monitor the iTunes music folder that you are drawing from, so that the same files are referenced in both programs’ libraries.
Originally posted at jakebillo.com