OK then, so I purchased around $50 worth of music and happily listened to the tunes until my computer died. It's a PC, and I had it reimaged; all is well; computer revived - except that is, for the $50 worth of music. Itunes now considers my computer to be different than the one on which I installed the tunes. Obvious solutions: I can accept this and list my same computer as a new computer and one more of the 5 upon which I am authorized to play my purchased music. If I go with the above option, can I then export the music as MP3s and manage them from there outside of Itunes If I go with both of the above it would be with the intent of abandoning itunes in favor of a different player because I have to admit the 'control' over music I bought and paid for rankles me more than a bit. Had I bought a CD I could put it where I wanted it without this control. Perhaps I'm overreacting to a situation with a simple remedy that may occur to a different user.