iPod associated with an install of iTunes on a Windows PC; the Windows PC died, and the iTunes library was lost. Most of the library has been recovered to a new install of iTunes on a new Windows PC by following the directions in this answer, but the process removed all playlists from the iPod.

I'm assuming the playlists were included in the backup made in the first step of those directions, but I can't find any tool for extracting them. I can find plenty of programs that can copy playlists from an iPod (might have been useful at the beginning, but not now), and plenty of programs that can extract anything but a playlist from an iTunes device backup, but I have not been able to find a program that can recover playlists from an iTunes device backup.

How can I recover the playlists from an iTunes backup of an iOS device on Windows?


I'm fairly sure that the playlists are considered data synced from iTunes, and therefore aren't included in a backup.


I just took a look through a few backups just to make sure, and I didn't see the playlist data anywhere.

  • That link doesn't mention playlists; it does list data that are not included in iTunes and iCloud backups, and since neither list includes playlists that page suggests that playlists are included in both kinds of backups. I also don't see anywhere that says "data synced from iTunes" is excluded from backups. When you looked through backups, how did you go about that? – ShadSterling Jan 15 '17 at 16:30
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    Under iTunes backups, it says "An iTunes backup doesn't include: (second bullet) Content synced from iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos" I took that to include playlists since those are typically I synced via iTunes. I wink on a tool called Decipher Backup Browser, which is what I used to look around the backed up files. deciphertools.com/decipher-backup-browser.html – Kelly Jan 16 '17 at 1:04

There is a program called 'iBackup Bot' that lets you edit iOS backups. You can download it for Windows here. After installing it, you should be able to look through the backup like you were using File Explorer and try to find some sort of iTunes storage folder. You can then drag and drop it onto your desktop or something.

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    This seems to find a bunch of files and some records like contacts and voice memos, but nothing that looks like a playlist. Where in the iBackup Bot UI should the playlists appear? – ShadSterling Jan 15 '17 at 2:58

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