9 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2009 12:51 PM by Katrina S.
jsl2 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
I just upgraded a computer from Windows XP to Windows 7 and thus, did a clean install. I then reinstalled my iTunes and re-set up my iPhone 3GS sync. All is well except that most of my apps disappeared. Not all, mind you. Several apps that i "purchased" (most were free) showed up, but not all of them included a couple that I purchased and paid money for. Is there an easy way to get them back. They were on my iphone before I resync'd it with the new iTunes, and I did transfer all purchases before doing the sync. However, now they are neither on my iPhone nor in iTunes. Thanks.

3GS, iPhone OS 3.1.2
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,705 points)
    Purchased applications can be downloaded over again, see this article for details: How to redownload purchased applications from the App Store
  • jsl2 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    That's great. However, I wonder if there is a way to get them all at once. That is, have it download all the apps that I have purchased, free or not, and then syncing the ones I want on my phone to the phone. One by one won't take forever, but will be a pain.
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,705 points)
    As far as I know there's no way to bulk download apps, you have to redownload them one at at time. If there was a bulk download option I'm sure it would be covered in the article.
  • Mr Babs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi,
    I am about to clean-up my computer with a complete reinstall and I wanted to make sure I can sucessfully re-download ITunes also. I see it is possible via this subject but will my previously purchased music and playlists remain intact or will they be lost?

    Thanks,
    Mr Babs
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,870 points)
    I am about to clean-up my computer with a complete reinstall

    Make sure you deauthorize your computer prior to formatting/reinstalling the OS. it.
    I wanted to make sure I can sucessfully re-download ITunes also

    You can redownload the iTunes application but you cannot redownload movies or music.
    Copy your \Music\iTunes\ folder to an external drive or CD/DVD and replace it after you reinstall iTunes.
    This will backup your movies, applications, music, playlists, and everything in iTunes.
    will my previously purchased music and playlists remain intact or will they be lost?

    They will be lost unless you back them up first.
  • jsl2 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Those are good suggestions. The sad truth I have discovered, however, unless I'm missing something, is that when you switch computers or iphones, then you will pretty much lose stuff. I've been very disappointed in the transfer process. You can save the big stuff, but a lot of little important things get lost. Most applications store data that is not sync'd for example, and iTunes is unbelievably picky about sync'ing with more than one device. Essentially forces you to erase everything on the iPhone and start over.
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,870 points)
    The sad truth I have discovered, however, unless I'm missing something, is that when you switch computers or iphones, then you will pretty much lose stuff.

    If you simply expect to plug in your device to a new computer and have everything appear, then okay.
    However, since you maintain good, up-to-date backups of all your data, it is very simple to transfer to a new comuter.
    Even if you don't have good backups, there are applications which will extract most info from the iPod and sync it to a new computer (but I would not rely on these as the only way to get the data).
    iTunes is unbelievably picky about sync'ing with more than one device

    Just the opposite.
    It's very simple to sync more than one device (iPod, touch or iPhone) to iTunes and to have specific info sync'd to a specific device.
  • jsl2 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    You are, of course, entitled to your opinion. However, I have found iTunes very picky, finniky about syncing once it's already sync'd. It just isn't near as seemless as it should be.
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    I am halfway between you and Chris' opinion.
    iTunes is very finicky if one doesn't absolutely choose itunes defaults and let itunes manage all the content.
    My desktop just died and I was successful in moving my itunes library with everything over to my laptop. It did retain ipod click wheel game data just fine. However, I don't have an iphone....who knows how that would have gone!