What’s a person to do when their hard drive crashes, and they lose all of the songs that they purchased from iTunes? There is no option to re-download all of your iTunes purchases offered through either iTunes or the Apple website. However, while you may get chastised for not backing up your iTunes library (which you will do from now on, right?), it is possible to redownload all of your iTunes songs purchased through iTunes again, and restore your iTunes purchases.
First, it’s important to understand that Apple has always had a policy of not letting people download iTunes music purchases more than once per purchase, and that undoubtedly has to do with royalties that they have to pay on each download. So you get to download the song that you purchase through iTunes exactly once.
And Apple strongly urges you (and rightly so) to backup your iTunes library (and of course you should always make a regular backup of all of your data).
But, shift happens, and what can you do if, somehow, you lose your only copies of the songs that you have downloaded through iTunes?
Well, as it happens, Apple isn’t heartless, and they do have a way for you to recover those songs that you purchased and downloaded through iTunes.
In fact, with iTunes 10.3, it’s very easy. In fact, the hardest part is upgrading to 10.3 if you haven’t already (and let’s face it, generally speaking that’s not very hard).
But first, make absolutely sure that you don’t have any copies, anywhere. It’s only prudent.
Once you are really sure that those iTunes songs are gone, here’s what to do:
1. Open the iTunes Store on your device.
2. Make sure you are signed in with the same account used for the original purchase.
3. Tap Purchased from the bottom navigation bar.
4. From the Purchased tab, tap the artist name for the content you intend to download again.
5. Once you’ve located the music you are looking for, tap the download button.
(If you want to download all songs from an album that you’ve purchased, click on the button to swith to the “Album” view.)
And while you’re waiting for your iTunes purchases to download again, check out our favorite iPod Nano, with the built-in video camera and FM radio! Sweet!