Yep. I unfortunately had to wipe my MBP AGAIN.... because there were some issues with Mavericks, and of course, I didn't have my newest purchased music backed up. So, I go to iTunes store to download it, assume that it downloads it all, I re-add all my backed-up music to my library again, and I realize the list is short. Sho' nuff, I go to a specific album I have in the store, it says Purchased, but it is grayed out. It also did not re-download to my library. I've been looking for over an hour trying to find a solution, but all the posts I've read don't help me solve my problem. The album is still available for purchase on iTunes, so I am pretty aggrivated that I can't download something I paid money for...***.
This solved my questionRe: My old downloads are no longer accessible. How do I re-download the sonIf you didn't make a back-up of your music/movie purchases to restore from (as you are advised to do) then I'm sorry to say that the policy on lost purchases is that you have to pay to download them again:
"Products may only be downloaded once; after being downloaded, they cannot be replaced if lost for any reason. Once a Product is purchased or rented (as applicable) and you receive the Product, it is your responsibility not to lose, destroy, or damage the Product, and Apple shall be without liability to you in the event of any loss, destruction, or damage" iTunes Store: Purchased content can be downloaded only once
How to back up your media in iTunes
Back up your iTunes library by copying to an external hard drive
Mac Pro 2.26, Black MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 30GB iPod 5G, 80 GB iPod Classic, 2nd Generation iPod shuffle
According to this support article you can download any past purchases as long as you meet software and system requirments. it has worked for me as long as the song is not present in my library or itunes match. http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2519
Ghawthorne 88 is flat out not right or may be referring to old rules. Explains 0 points.
The only exceptions are if the song is no longer available in the iTunes Store so you still need to back up the library.