opening an iTunes playlist in a new window

If you're the kind of music-listener who obsesses over their music library, poring over every artist, title, rating, album, etc., then you probably wouldn't mind a little more breathing room while you're painstakingly organizing your iTunes playlists. Good news: You can get that breathing room by opening your iTunes playlists in a separate window.

You can breathe in the sweet, sweet freedom from iTunes' one-windowed nonsense by following along!

How to open an iTunes playlist in a separate window

Quick note: Playlists stored in your personal library (the Library tab at the top of the iTunes window will be highlighted) can be opened in their own window. If you try this move in For You, Browse, or Radio, though, you won't get anywhere. Only your local Library can leave the nest!

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  1. Launch iTunes on macOS.
  2. Navigate to your Music Library by clicking Library near the top of the app.

  3. Move your cursor to the iTunes Sidebar on the left side of the app (if the sidebar is hidden, use the keyboard shortcut Option + Command + S to display it).
  4. Select an iTunes playlist.

  5. Right or Control-click on the iTunes playlist and choose Open in New Window.


You've successfully freed your iTunes playlist from the confines of the iTunes app! If you run into trouble along the way or have any questions about opening your iTunes playlist in its own window, leave your comments below and we'll try to get things figured out.