9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 29, 2006 10:06 AM by diddy_dinks
diddy_dinks Level 1 Level 1
i have iTunes on both my computer at work and at home. the problem is that i purchase iTunes music at work, but if i want it at home as well, i have to burn a CD. it works, but it could be better....

would it ever be possible to access purchased songs through your iTunes account on your registered computers?

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  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10
    Sorry, but I'm not clear on what it is you're asking. You can have up to five computers authorized to play tracks purchased through any given iTunes Music Store account, so yes, you can play your purchased tracks on both your work and home systems. You'll have to copy them to your home computer - you can't download them more than once - but once there, you just have to authorize the system (which will require it to be able to connect to the Internet) and you'll be able to play your purchased tracks.

    If that doesn't answer your question, please clarify what it is you want to accomplish.

  • diddy_dinks Level 1 Level 1
    to clarify...

    is there a way to access your account remotely through iTunes so that you can register songs on other computers that you have...

    i.e. i purchase a song on my computer at work through iTunes. when i go home, can i access that same song through iTunes without having to purchase it again?
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10
    Again, yes, but you have to copy the tracks from your work system to your home computer (via CD, external hard drive, etc.).
  • diddy_dinks Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks for your response...

    it kind of stinks that it is like that...

    it would definitely be awesome if you could just register your account on the 5 computers and then have access to the music you have purchased... having CDs pile up at home isn't exactly appealing.. nor is purchasing the same song 2x
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10
    having CDs pile up at home isn't exactly appealing..

    Why would you have to have CDs "pile up"? Just use a CD-RW, then whenver you buy new tracks that you want to take home, just erase the CD and copy the new tracks. Or buy a USB flash drive; they're really cheap these days (you can probably get a 128MB unit for under $20.00). You only need to copy any given track once.
  • erocko Level 1 Level 1
    Along the same question: When you have a gift card credit and the amount shows on my home computer but not my work computer? Is there any way to show on both?
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10
    That's really a totally different issue, erocko, and really belongs in a new thread, but 1) make sure you're logged into the same iTMS account on both systems, and 2) make sure you log out of the iTMS and back in from time to time on each system; it doesn't always refresh the display in a timely manner if you stay logged in.

    Hope this helps.
  • dramos1 Level 1 Level 1
    Hello everyone...I was reading this thread and was wondering, does this apply for video files (specifically TV episodes) purchased via iTunes as well? Would I be able to stick these on my USB thumb drive, copy to my main PC, and watch on that as well?
  • diddy_dinks Level 1 Level 1

    the issue is that when you purchase either videos or music from the itunes store, when you go to another machine [out of the five that you can register] and login to your iTunes account, you cannot see the videos or music that you purchased on the first computer.

    you can put them on a USB jump drive, CD or DVD and load them onto another machine, but you cannot [yet] access your purchases from one machine to another through iTunes.

    hopefully that clears everything up..