iTMS Authorization and Tiger

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mac-er, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. mac-er macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2003
    Ok, silly/dumb question...

    If I am going to do a clean install of Tiger, should I deauthorize my computer for playing purchased music before installing Tiger?

    (in other words with a clean install, will iTMS think my computer is another computer...and thus have two computers that are authorized?)

    What does iTMS use to "authenticate" a computer?
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i believe the iTMS uses your MAC address to check the computer, but i could be wrong, i have done clean installs of Panther on my system without deauthorizing my computer and it still shows that i only have one authorized computer so i dont think you have to worry about it
  3. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    It certainly can't hurt to deauthorize before a clean install... it may/may not be required but 1 click to deauthorize and another to reauthorize certainly can't hurt.
  4. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    It does go by MAC address and maybe serial #.
    Hey, placeofdis, how do you check how many computers you have authorized?
  5. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    Just to be safe, I think that I would deauthorize and reauthorize. I had some problems with this once, and had to have apple reset my authorizations. Less of a problem now that they allow more computers to be authorized, but still....better safe than sorry. Though, it really isn't all that big of a deal to have apple reset the authorizations for you. Just my two cents.
  6. mac-er thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2003
    I had them do that once (forget to deauthorize a computer I sold), and the email they sent back acted like they had parted the Red Sea for me ("we don't normally do this, but..) :rolleyes:
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    go to the iTMS, click your email address up in the top right of the window, this will take you to your account info where it lets you know how many machines are arthorized to play your music

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