6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 17, 2009 1:51 PM by Katrina S.
thenrryyy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
will i lose all of my songs?
i have authorized 5 computers in about , the last 10 years.
I no longer have any of those computers.
I want to deauthorize all computers but im not sure if i will lose all of my songs.

Windows 2000
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (278,405 points)
    will i lose all of my songs?


    No.

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  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,705 points)
    Deauthorising doesn't do anything to the song files on your computer, it simply means that the will not play (if they are DRM protected) until you reauthorise the computer. However you should be aware that all your purchases should be backed up regardless so that you can restore them if you have any problems. Remember that the policy on iTunes music purchases is that you only get to download them once so if you haven't already done so, take this opportunity to back them up:
    How to back up your media in iTunes
    Back up your iTunes library by copying to an external hard drive
  • thenrryyy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I dont have any songs on this computer. i have just downloaded itunes on my new computer.
    my brother had itunes on his computer but it crashed. so if i deauthorize all, then if i authorize a computer, ill still have all of my songs?
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (278,405 points)
    Deauthorising doesn't do anything to the song files on your computer, it simply means that the will not play (if they are DRM protected) until you reauthorise the computer.


    That's incorrect in the context. The Deauthorize All function doesn't change anything on the computers, including the local copy of the authorization record.

    my brother had itunes on his computer but it crashed. so if i deauthorize all, then if i authorize a computer, ill still have all of my songs?


    You need to have copies of the songs to be able to use them. If you don't, you need to download them again. Click here and ask for a free redownload if needed.

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  • thenrryyy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So if i dont have any traces of them on my computer then I won't be able to have all my songs when i authorize a cmputer?
    & how do i ask for a free re download.the link just took me to a main page
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    +So if i dont have any traces of them on my computer then I won't be able to have all my songs when i authorize a cmputer?+
    No. The music files have to be on a computer to play them, just like any photo files would have to be on the computer to display them.



    +how do i ask for a free re download.the link just took me to a main page+
    You read the page closely and click on the correct area that links you to the request form.