Importing playlists into Rhythmbox?

Eamonn Sullivan eamonn.sullivan at
Sat Jan 13 17:51:20 UTC 2007

Hi, this may be somewhat off-topic, but I've been migrating my music
from iTunes 7 on the Mac to Rhythmbox on Ubuntu (6.10). I moved the
files over without trouble, but I'd also like to get some of the
playlists moved over. I looked at rhythmbox's playlist file in
~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/playlists.xml and thought I understood it. It
seems to be a really simple XML file. I wrote a program in python to
read "iTunes Music Library.xml", extract the playlists I want (using
xml.minidom) and rejig them into rhythmbox's format. Then I just
pasted the new <playlist>*</playlist> elements into the proper place
in rhythmbox's file.

Unfortunately, i didn't work. Rhythmbox apparently doesn't like to
spot unexpected playlists in its own file and creates a new (empty)
playlists.xml file when started.

So, back to the drawing board. What's the proper way to import
playlists into rhythmbox?


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