Currently Being ModeratedJun 4, 2012 4:00 AM (in response to WhereMyMusic)
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.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 4, 2012 11:00 AM (in response to WhereMyMusic)
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
Currently Being ModeratedJun 4, 2012 7:51 PM (in response to diesel vdub)
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.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 4, 2012 7:54 PM (in response to wiclee)
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!)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 4, 2012 8:08 PM (in response to WhereMyMusic)
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.