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David Lipsitz Level 1 (5 points)
I accidentally deleted my Purchased folder, and I'm not sure how to get it back. This is really bugging me; I have absolutely no idea how to.

iMac G5 w iSight, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • Tracy Reynolds Level 3 (560 points)
    I warn users about monkeying around in their hard drives. This is why.

    Did you delete a hard drive folder or a folder in your iTunes Library? iTunes would have asked you about removing files from your hard drive. If it was a folder on your hard drive, did you Empty Trash? If not, it's still there, in the trash. Move it back - and leave it alone.

  • Soren Luckins Level 1 (0 points)
    Yeah I just realised I did this too yesterday..... Anyone know if you can re-download the purchased Music from I-Tunes?
  • David Lipsitz Level 1 (5 points)
    No, the music is still there. Just I accidentally deleted the tab below "iTunes Store" where it says Purchased. Any idea on how to get that back? Nothing as severe as losing my music. It was an accidental right-click.
  • Tracy Reynolds Level 3 (560 points)
    I have no experience with the iTunes Music Store. I wonder if that folder was a "smart playlist"?

  • Mike Johnson12 Level 5 (6,480 points)
    You could try and reinstall iTunes and see if it comes back.

    You can also create a Smart PL.

  • David Lipsitz Level 1 (5 points)
    How do I make an SP that takes all Purchased music?
  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)
    Match any rule:
    Kind contains Purchased
    Kind contains Protected

    When you make a new purchase (or free download) the Purchased playlist will come back.
    You can then drag from this playlist to the real purchased playlist.
  • Tracy Reynolds Level 3 (560 points)
    If you check Live Updating any songs in the Library will automatically be entered in the Smart Playlist.

  • George UK Level 3 (755 points)

    Go into the finder from the dock and type the name of a purchased song into the search window top right hand corner. Then try another song. If yes, double click it to play and good luck. If they are on your hard drive, this is one way of finding out. HTH

    Cheers George UK
  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)
    Deleting a playlist does not delete songs.
    They should all still be in iTunes.
  • Vincent Metayer Level 2 (185 points)
    Hey David!

    I know the answer. The same happened with me when I got my 320GB external hard drive and drag my iTunes library to it. My Purchased folder, which I use to play my songs, was gone.
    I then took my iPod and told it to sync back my deleted files.

    Plug iPod > Go to Files > Transfer Purchases from "David's iPod (I don't know what you call your iPod ). And there you go! Your files will download again into Purchased, which will re-ppear.

    Tell me if it works! (by the way, it's the same with iPhone)

  • Vincent Metayer Level 2 (185 points)
    I hope you have an iPod... Otherwise, I don't know how to solve your problem.

  • joeyoppo Level 1 (120 points)
    Hi David,

    1. Buy another song, as previously mentioned (iTunes will recreate your purchased folder automatically)

    2. Within iTunes: go to your entire music library (make sure the "Kind" column is displayed, the one that shows whether your songs are formatted in MP3, AAC, Protected AAC, etc.)

    3. in the iTunes search field type: protected

    4. all of your purchased music should pop up > select it all and drag and drop it all into your newly recreated "Purchased" folder.

    note: if you have any drm free songs this method will obviously not work for those particular songs, and whatever song you purchase to recreate your purchased folder will end up twice in that folder.

  • tartack Level 1 (0 points)
    I had the same issue, my bad, this worked perfectly! Thanks ! Bobby
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