If I delete something from hard drive, will iTunes let me download it again?

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  1. appledu macrumors member

    appledu

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    Hi all,

    I'm running out of space and was wondering if I deleted something, would iTunes let me download it again for free?

    Thanks,
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Short answer: No!

    Long answer: Some people have managed to nag Apple Support into letting them re-download their purchases after hard drive catastrophes, but I wouldn't count on it...

    Burn whatever you want to archive onto CDs/DVDs and then delete it...
     
  3. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Considering that even a single CD can hold about 150 songs or $150 worth of songs, and considering that it is stupid not to have backups of valuable stuff anyway, why would you want to find out?
     
  4. nateDEEZY macrumors 6502a

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    iTunes has a built in back up utility just for iTunes, take advantage of it!
     
  5. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Nope, they make you repurchase it. I've tried.
     
  6. OwlsAndApples macrumors 6502a

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    Remember the iPod - already backing up all your music! (Senuti will get music from iPod to Mac). Although this is also relying on another HD...Though I'm probably more likely to be struck by lightning 3 times near the Dead Sea if both HDs fail together :rolleyes:
     
  7. Krevnik macrumors 68030

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    I don't use DVDs for backing up my library, although my library is currently over 150GB (mostly video)... so DVD backups are somewhat infeasible. So I use a network drive capable of RAID5. :)

    But, yes... Apple /warns/ you that protecting your investment is important every time you download music or shows. They provide a backup mechanism in iTunes. Use it!
     
  8. appledu thread starter macrumors member

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    OK, thanks for the info guys...
    It was mostly to do with TV shows, and if I should archive them or not...
    I don't really think it's worth it as I watch most only once!
     
  9. zea mays macrumors 6502

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    I just had a major hard drive failure and didn't have my last few downloads from iTunes backed up. I e-mail iTunes support and they re-activated my last four purchases. So, they'll do it occasionally but not for a lot of purchases.
     

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