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Old Sep 25, 2006, 12:47 AM   #1
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How to recover purchased itunes songs after computer crashed?

I've been reading this site for a couple of years, this is my first time typing.

Computer crashed, nothing is accessable, at the advice of my nearest mac dealer, I did an erase and restore with my system disks, but now itunes says "all the music for my account has already been downloaded."

How can I recover this?

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Old Sep 25, 2006, 12:48 AM   #2
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as far as i know its bad luck to you and you wont be able to get the music back but i could be wrong
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Old Sep 25, 2006, 12:49 AM   #3
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You can't.. they're good for a one-time download, except if you didn't complete it for some reason but that's obviously not the case.

Back up your music from now on!
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Old Sep 25, 2006, 12:51 AM   #4
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Contact Apple...they have been known to allow you to redownload your music. They'll give you a lecture on backing up your purchased music first though. Listen to them...it makes life much easier to know that everything is backed up.
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I've been reading this site for a couple of years, this is my first time typing.

Computer crashed, nothing is accessable, at the advice of my nearest mac dealer, I did an erase and restore with my system disks, but now itunes says "all the music for my account has already been downloaded."

How can I recover this?

Thank you.
yea, when my iBook was getting fixed it got wiped and i couldnt get any of the songs back off apple but i could get them off a PC which i had authorized to play them so its bad luck that you lost them, i just hope it wasnt too many
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You backup music or you beg Apple to let you download them again.
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Old Sep 25, 2006, 01:05 AM   #7
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I've read several reports of people being able to re-download music after a hard drive crash or other catastrophe. Just use the iTunes Store support page to contact Apple and explain the situation. I can't guarantee that they'll let you download everything again, but it's worth a try.
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Old Oct 9, 2006, 07:56 PM   #8
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been a few weeks now with no response from Apple. I've still got my fingers crossed.
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Old Oct 9, 2006, 09:18 PM   #9
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If your using iTunes 7 you can transfer purchased music. But it has to be on the iPod.
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Old Oct 10, 2006, 07:21 AM   #10
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You can't re-download. Just pull them off your iPod with one of the many apps that does that.

And next time, back everything up.
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Old Oct 10, 2006, 07:49 AM   #11
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Last year, apple let me re-download 120 songs that I had lost due to a hard drive failure. I explained what happend and they took care of the issue within a few days. The only problem I had was that a couple of songs I had purchased were no longer available on ITMS and I was out of luck with those.

Now I keep most of my music backed up, but since iTunes 7 I created a smart playlist for all of my purchased content and I sync that to my iPod so worst case I will have them stored on the iPod and I can always transfer them back to my iMac.
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Old Mar 25, 2008, 07:18 AM   #12
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Well, the only way left is to wait till you hear back from Apple. Only they can help you in this matter. I hope they will consider your request and let you download again.

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Old Mar 25, 2008, 10:08 AM   #13
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it happened to me and i just plugged my iPod into my new computer and turned on manage music manually and enabled disk use and it prompted me a some point if i wanted to move my purchases to this computer
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Old Mar 25, 2008, 10:11 AM   #14
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Well, the only way left is to wait till you hear back from Apple. Only they can help you in this matter. I hope they will consider your request and let you download again.

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Old Mar 25, 2008, 02:22 PM   #15
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apple will probably convince u to buy a time capsule to use with time machine to backup everything and tell you that you are very irresponsible and will reauthorize your downloads, having made a few hundred pounds out of you...
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Old Dec 6, 2010, 10:26 PM   #16
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How to recover purchased songs that have been lost

Follow the steps at this site. I just did this and worked like a charm. Good luck!

http://www.ehow.com/how_2266004_recover-songs-from-ipod.html
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you realize you answered a thread in which the last post was two years ago?
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Old Dec 20, 2010, 10:52 PM   #18
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I'm so glad that you did post that link...even if it is years later; it really helped me today. Thanks!
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Old Jun 3, 2011, 06:51 PM   #19
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I would submit that this info just helped me help someone out, so thanks for bumping. (Yeah, I know, another necro. Poor old thread...)
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 02:34 AM   #20
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If you download the latest version of itunes, there is a new feature which allows you to recover lost items, including music, apps etc that were originally purchased from itunes. This link on the apple support site explains how to do it. I've just recovered mine and it's really easy.

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2519
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If you download the latest version of itunes, there is a new feature which allows you to recover lost items, including music, apps etc that were originally purchased from itunes. This link on the apple support site explains how to do it. I've just recovered mine and it's really easy.

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2519
Your link: 404.

Can't you just go Purchased under the new iTunes and re-download everything you own?
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 03:47 PM   #22
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Your link: 404.

Can't you just go Purchased under the new iTunes and re-download everything you own?
Yep, that's what the link describes. Works for me, dunno why it isn't for you, but there's not a lot of detail anyways, so no big loss.

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Yep, that's what the link describes. Works for me, dunno why it isn't for you, but there's not a lot of detail anyways, so no big loss.

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Thanks for clearing that up. The link seems to be working now... was probably down then for something.
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Old Jan 18, 2012, 03:32 PM   #24
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Retrieved and Very Relieved

Here are the instructions that I just followed to retrieve well over 1500 purchased songs from iTunes!

http://www.apple.com/itunes/inside-i...and-books.html

I was close to tears when my external drive died, after having previously 'moved' all my music onto there - off my old laptop because it ran out of memory.

Thanks for your posts which focused my attention on finding a solution, instead of crying

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Here are the instructions that I just followed to retrieve well over 1500 purchased songs from iTunes!

http://www.apple.com/itunes/inside-i...and-books.html

I was close to tears when my external drive died, after having previously 'moved' all my music onto there - off my old laptop because it ran out of memory.

Thanks for your posts which focused my attention on finding a solution, instead of crying

S

I used this as well when I finally switched from PC to Mac. I noticed that the majority of my purchased songs weren't in the "Purchased" playlist on my Mac. I downloaded all of my purchased songs and now have them again.

The only down side is that the "Purchase Date" for all of the songs is now set to when I downloaded all of my previously purchased songs.... not when I actually purchased them. It's a bummer because I liked keeping this playlist sorted by my most recently purchased songs first. Oh well... I don't think there's a way to "restore" the actual purchase date.
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