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macrumors 6502
Original poster
Apr 2, 2012
My head unit in my car has a USB port. I can simply copy and paste a playlist from iTunes over to the flash drive but the order of the songs gets all mixed up. For some reason when it's copied over, it automatically adds all the track numbers in before the names of the songs causing the order to be different. Is there an easy way to transfer a playlist and maintain the song order?

Dave Braine

macrumors 68040
Mar 19, 2008
Warrington, UK
When you copy files from iTunes to Finder(which is what you are doing) then Finder will arrange the files how you've asked it to do in View Options. You won't be able to preserve the playlist order unless you manually re-number the tracks in the order that you want them.


macrumors 65816
Dec 2, 2010
add a number to each song at the end of the name spereated form the last letter with a space.
then with the correct view options it will arrange it that way.

isnt there an export playlist or something in itunes??


macrumors regular
Oct 31, 2011
This seems like absolute insanity to me. I've been trying to figure out how to do it as well. I am trying to copy a 1,000 song playlist to an SD card for use in my car. I want to keep it in the same order as it is in the playlist in iTunes but whenever I copy the files, it automatically defaults to "sort by name" order. I want a "sort by: none" so it maintains the same order as the playlist. How is this really not an option?! Does Apple seriously expect me to go through and rename every single song with a damn number in front of it?!!! That's ridiculous. :mad:
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