How do I get the songs I purchased off iTunes that were on my old computer?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MK25toLife, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. MK25toLife macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2007
    I just got a new iMac and I have a lot of music I purchased on my old computer from iTunes. It did not transfer over when I imported all my music. How do I get this music back? Please don't tell me I have to pay for it. Help!
  2. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    Moorestown, NJ
    Do you still have the computer? You can use an external drive or an iPod acting as one to copy the files over and just reauthorize them for your account.

    If you don't Apple has measures for redownloading lost files but i'm not sure of the restrictions and circumstances involved with that. People who have had drive failures can tell you better than I can :eek:
  3. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2005
    Eagle Mountain, UT
    Unless the files still exist (Didn't reformat the HD) you'll have to purchase the songs again. Apple doesn't let you re-download songs.
  4. Aegelward macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2005
    i can't help feeling thats a little unfair, its much harder to loose a file than a physical CD, i sort of wish that apple would take a few cues from valve's Steam and maybe have a 'my albums' tab on the ITMS, and a list of authorized computers..
  5. stujmac macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2007
    London, England
    Actually the above responses are incorrect - you most certainly can download purchased content from iTunes to a new computer - I recently transferred from PC to Mac and it was very easy to do so. Simply authorise your iTunes account on your new Mac, and then select 'check for purchases' - it will download everything. You can authorise up to 5 devices at any one time. Hope this works for you!!!

  6. RumMunkey macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2006
    Which is precisely why you need to back up your purchases to a CD or DVD. Did you not get that pop-up message in iTunes?

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