2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 22, 2013 12:18 PM by King_Penguin
boyd88 Level 1 Level 1

are all items purchased through itunes store permently backed up. what i mean is if my computer fails i buy a new one sign in with apple id and can re-download all my past purchases to my new one??


also if i use itunes icloud to back up all of my library does it save all my saved album artwork associated with each track so if i re-add it from cloud its identical??

  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7

    No to both questions.


    iCloud is not a permanent backup. You can redownload tracks if the tracks are still in the Store, and if the service is still offered by Apple, neither of which is guaranteed.  You must keep a physical backup for that reason. 


    If you are using iTunes Match, then for matched songs you will get the artwork from the Store copy.

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10

    No, what you can re-download varies by country (music, films, tv shows can't be re-downloaded in all countries, and ringtones and audiobooks can't currently be re-downloaded in any country), and it also assumes that they will remain in the store - content providers occasionally remove their items. For music if you subscribe to iTunes match then you should be able to continue to re-download it, but that is only for music.


    iCloud by country : http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5085


    But, you should take and maintain your own backup of all of your purchases/downloads, rather that relying on them remaining in the store