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backing up my iTunes purchases...

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by ian80, Jul 28, 2006.

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  1. ian80

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    Hey guys,

    I am reformatting my computer and need to backup about 40+ albums purchased through iTunes. I just want to know how to go about this the best way, so that I get everything I need (ie the licences for the mp4s, so that they still play).

    I will be using my portable hard drive to store them during the reformatting. Just want to make sure I get everything I need before I go for it and lose $400 worth of songs...:eek:
     
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    Thanks!

    I consolidated my library. Another question: Are the licences built-in to the MP4? As in, I can't seem to find any seperate licence files, so how will iTunes know it is still me after I've reformatted? I ask, because I know my friends can't play songs I've purchased on their computers. Just want to make sure!
     
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    Did you mean M4P, not MP4? I believe that M4P is what is used by by iTunes to put a DRM "wrapper" around an AAC music file

    It sounds like you should de-authorize you current copy of iTunes before reformatting the hard drive and then reauthorize the new installation of iTunes to ensure you can continue to use your purchased M4P files:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=93014

    You may want to get a second opinion from someone a lot more familiar with iTunes. The only time I have used iTunes was to help our daughter initialize a video iPod she received for Christmas. She has been using Winamp to manage her iPod ever since that time.
     
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    Thanks!

    I feel pretty confident I will be fine now. I've played around with deauthorizing and I can't see how they would stop working after a reformat.
     
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    Careful mate, you can deauthorise only once a year. You're better off formatting, re-installing Windows then letting iTunes assume that it's the second out five allowed computers you can play purchased music on.

    Secondly, there is a software allowing one to make a non-DRM backup of DRM files; I am not sure if it would be allowed in the forums so I shall not name it just yet.
     
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