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Q: I recently purchased and downloaded music from the iTunes Music Store using my desktop computer, later copying these files to iTunes on my laptop. Now, however, I can’t download the music files from my laptop to my iPod because iTunes says they can only be played on the computer it was downloaded to.  Since I paid for the music, why would this be the case and can I correct the problem?

- Bill

A: Good news - everything you want to do with your purchased music is completely possible under Apple’s digital rights management rules. In fact, you’re 99% of the way to making it work.

Music purchased from the iTunes Music Store is able to be copied to and played on up to 5 computers, each of which is allowed to serve an unlimited number of iPods. The complication you’ve run into is that before any of these computers is added to the list of 5 “authorized” computers, the music must be explicitly authorized for use on that machine. It sounds as if you’ve transferred the music to the laptop, and immediately attempted to synchronize it to an iPod, without any intermediate step.

To authorize the laptop to play music from your iTunes Music Store account, simply open iTunes and begin playing any single song that belongs to your iTunes Music Store account. An authorization box will appear, prompting you for the password to your account. After you’ve entered the proper password and clicked OK, your laptop’s copy of iTunes—and any iPod connected to it—will be fully authorized to play and synchronize your songs. Enjoy!

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Posted by otaku in TX on August 20, 2006 at 8:12 PM (CDT)


Andy, Re: Smart Playlists - Here’s something close that I use to keep my music fresh.  Criteria:
Genre = Rock
Last Played > 2 Months
Checked Songs only
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Check Live Updating

Every time you come back to this list or sync your iPod the songs you have played through (not skipped) will be replaced with new ones.

Posted by Elcoholic in TX on August 21, 2006 at 5:06 PM (CDT)


I just bought a replacement iPod battery from and it works great.  Is there any reason to think that a replacement battery would be less relaible than if I payed the extra money to go through Apple?

Posted by GreenApple123 in TX on August 23, 2006 at 2:04 PM (CDT)


Usually I burn Cd’s on my computer using itunes and it works like a charm.However recently I made a playlist on my mom’s computer and when I attemped to burn the Cd an error mesage saying “disk burner or software not found” popped up in the box at the top of the screen.My question is, is there any software that I can purchase or download that will alow me to sucessfully burn a Cd usuing itunes?

Posted by KatieMcd in TX on August 23, 2006 at 3:23 PM (CDT)


Not being able to “remix” a smart playlist is ridiculous.  RealPlayer 10.5, and other media players can do that.

Posted by Galley in TX on August 27, 2006 at 1:44 PM (CDT)


After posting this question to a forum and trying a couple of things, I’ve found that a very easy way to get a new “remix” is to set and select “limit playlist to [2] [songs]”, click “ok”, and then go back and deselect the limit or restore whatever limit you originally had.  For me, this is particularly helpful when I import new CDs and want them to be potentially included in the random sampling that goes to my nano (which won’t hold my entire library).

Posted by masspod in TX on October 19, 2006 at 8:24 PM (CDT)

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