5 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2008 9:59 PM by Jimdrum
jason carle Level 1 (0 points)
Is this possible? If so, how?

I am at my limit and all of the computers I have authorized, I don't own anymore and do not have my music on them.

I need to deauthorize them so I can listen to my itunes store purchases on the computers I have now.


Mac Pro, Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Jimdrum Level 1 (85 points)
    Hi Jason,

    Yes, it's possible and easy to do. Login to your iTunes Store account. When you get to your account, you will see "Computer Authorizations: 5 machines are authorized to play music purchased with this account" to the right of that you will see a button that says "Deauthorize All". When you click on that button it will ask you if you are sure, "Are you sure you're sure?" "Are you sure you're sure you're
    sure?" etc. Go ahead and Deauthorize All and you will have a clean slate. Note: You can only do this every once in awhile (6 months?).

    Now, in iTunes, go to the Store menu and select "Authorize Computer" from the menu to authorize your new computer. Voila!! You have completed your task. If your new computer is one that is already authorized, it's OK that you deauthorize it...no problem to reauthorize immediately (again, once within the described period...which it will tell you).

    Happy listening and have fun with your new Mac!


  • jason carle Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you very much, I appreciate it.
  • Jimdrum Level 1 (85 points)
    You are welcome. I hope it works out well for you!

  • Bob Rodenburg Level 2 (230 points)
    Is there any way to deauthorize a specific computer? I've got a dead iBook that can't be booted, but it's one of my authorized computers. I'd rather not have to deauthorize everybody then reauthorize.
  • Jimdrum Level 1 (85 points)
    Hello Bob,

    Hmmm. Good question. As far as I know, it is possible to deauthorize one computer if you can do it from that computer. I'm not positive, but I think if you go to the Store menu and select "Deauthorize Computer" then you can do just that one. However, if it's dead, I don't think so. Have you tried booting from an external or a startup disk?

    I had an old computer that doesn't work anymore, and I solved it by deauthorizing all the computers and then authorizing them as needed (I'm up to 5 again). It was easy enough. But if you have authorizations on friends or family members computers miles away, you may need to e-mail them and ask them to reauthorize it for you (if you trust them with your username & password...I don't generally give mine out, even to people I trust).

    Hope this helps.