6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 4, 2012 8:08 PM by diesel vdub
WhereMyMusic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Is the iTunes music I download stored on my PC or stored in iTunes? I installed a new operating system, downloaded iTunes, logged in to my account, and I'm in but my music is not there. I thought the music I downloaded was all stored in iTunes but now I'm afraid that's probably not the case. Any assistance is appreciated.


iTunes 10, Windows 7
  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (21,975 points)

    The media is where you put it.

    Copy the ENTIRE iTunes folder from the old computer or the backup of the old computer to the new computer.

     

    Signing into iTunes has never made anything magically appear on a computer.

  • wiclee Level 5 Level 5 (6,950 points)

    Itunes music download are stored in your computer and not on your iTunes account, although they are related.

     

    You can redownload those purchased music on your new iTunes.

    Go to the iTunes Store and select "Purchased" from the Quick Links side bar on the right. Go through all the tabs to download again for free

     

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  • WhereMyMusic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    After installing my new operating system, I signed into Gmail and my email magically appeared. It didn't seem too far off to think that maybe iTunes worked the same way.

     

    Anyhow, I'm happy to find out from the post below that I can still retrieve the files without having made the backup. Although, of course, this is a lessen learned that I should include the iTunes folder when I make a backup in the future.

  • WhereMyMusic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much for your response and screen shots. Sucked to think I lost all that good music. (And I was dreading telling my husband that I just lost hundreds of dollars worth of downloads accumulated overtime!)

     

    Thanks again.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (76,980 points)

    Bakup, backup, backup all your important data.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (21,975 points)

    WhereMyMusic wrote:

     

    After installing my new operating system, I signed into Gmail and my email magically appeared.

    This is because the email was never stored on the computer.  Like all webmail accounts (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc) the email is stored on the servers of the email provider and only accessed from the user's computer.  This is why the user can access their email from any computer with an Internet connection.

     

    iTunes on the other hand does not work that way.  I do understand how one could come to the conclusion that you did without knowing the difference.