Someone help me understand this?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by marine610610, May 16, 2007.

  1. marine610610 macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2007
    I know Apple has protections in place to keep people from just trading iTunes music. That is not what i am trying to do here. What i did is setup an external hard drive on the back of my Airport Extreme router and "copy/paste" the iTunes folder onto it. My library is small, about 1.9GB, but i wanted it backed up b/c of iTunes store purchases. Either way if my Mac was to die tomorrows would i be able to drag and drop that iTunes folder right back after i reloaded my MBP? Would this work? Is there a more efficent way to BACKUP my iTunes to an external HDD. Note that i do wish to move my library there, just back it up. Thanks for your help.
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Yes, it will work, you would just have to re-authorise, using up one more of your 5 allowed registrations :)

    If your HD is big enough, I recommend using SuperDuper to clone EVERYTHING, not just your iTunes library.
  3. marine610610 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2007
    I think i am still missing something here. I only get 5 total registrations? This would only allow me to import my music 5 times and then it is lost forever? I did download superduper, and my external drive is larger than the HD in my MBP, so i should be good on that. I do not have anything else on my MBP that i wish to preserve as is, just my music, and i didnt want to eat up all that external HD space. If there is no way around what you are saying i may have to bite the bullet on that and do it anyway.....
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Music purchased from the iTunes Store can be authorized for use on five computers.

    Chances are it would reload just fine if you had to replace your hard drive, since it's still the same computer, but I'm not sure about that. At the very worst, you'd have to authorize again...that would make two. You would still have three more machines that could be authorized to use the music.

    And if you use up all five (say you get new machines and forget to deauthorize old ones), you can deauthorize all of them easily through the iTunes Store and start over...just authorizing the ones currently in use.

    So if all you want to do is back up your music, you can back up just the iTunes folder. If you have to replace your hard drive at some point, just drag it back once you've got everything reinstalled on the replacement drive and you should be good to go.
  5. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2006
    I believe itunes has it's own backup thing now under file-->Backup to disc, but it's only for purchased songs.

    Essentially, yes, moving the whole iTunes folder should work just fine.

    Regarding Authorization: You have 5 total computers that you can authorize to play DRM-ed iTunes tracks at any given time. So if something happens to your computer and you have to reinstall, you may have to authorize that computer again. But you can also deauthorize any old computers you're not using anymore. Apple also allows you to (Once per year) deauthorize ALL of your computers in one fell swoop).

    So no, you won't lose them forever after five authorizations. You'll just have to deauthorize an old computer.

    Note that all of this only applies to DRM-ed purchases from the iTunes Store. Music you've ripped yourself has no such restrictions.

    Edit: Beat'd. Doh!
  6. marine610610 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2007
    You are correct about iTunes backup options, however it does not allow you to backup to a HD. It only gives you the option of DVD's or CD's.

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