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Q: In the left pane of my iTunes, I suddenly have the SAME number of songs and music videos in my PURCHASED listings as I do in my LIBRARY listings. How do I get my PURCHASED icon to show ONLY my PURCHASED items as it used to?

- James

A: Despite the shiny green icon, the “Purchased” playlist in your iTunes library is actually just a standard playlist, and you can add and remove tracks from it like you would any other playlist. In this case, it’s likely that at some point you or somebody else using your computer inadvertently added all of the tracks in your library into this playlist.

Since the Purchased playlist is a standard playlist, it doesn’t magically track which items you have purchased in the past. iTunes automatically drops newly-purchased items into this playlist, but it doesn’t not keep track of just any purchased item in your library.

To create a listing of all of the purchased tracks currently in your iTunes library, your best bet is to create a Smart Playlist that looks for information unique to purchased tracks. Specifically, a Smart Playlist that looks for a “Kind” that begins with either “Protected” or “Purchased” will generally do the job.

This Smart Playlist will include all of the purchased tracks in your iTunes library, and will dynamically update as you purchase new tracks. You can refine this Smart Playlist even further if you want to track only purchased items of a certain type (ie, only music or movies).

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I have a windows 2000 professional computer.. recently my computer crashed and I had to reformat my whole system. My Ipod is a 5G 30 gig. I had Itunes 7.6 running and now I am not able to update it but to a 7. I can not put the games that i purchased in Itunes back on to my pod without updating. But it tells me it won’t work with a 2000 it has to be a xp. My question is How do i fix this. I know it works it worked for over 2 years but I can’t remember how to fix it. Could you give me some pointers or point me to someone who might know how to fix the problem? Thank you

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