Copy iTMS downloads to other computers

Q: I have three computers in the house and three separate iPods. Is there a way to share or transfer the music from one computer to another and still be able to use it in the iPods? I purchase the music from the iTunes Music Store and it will not let me do it.

– Susan

A: Yes, you can do this, but first you must authorize all the computers. You’ll need to copy the music files to each computer (either over a network, if your computers are networked, or by burning the music files onto CDs or DVDs – you can use a CD-RW or DVD-RW disc for this to save plastic).

Once you have added the songs to the iTunes libraries on each computer, you need to authorize the computers. Just double-click any purchased song in iTunes, and enter your iTunes Music Store user name and password when prompted. You’ll need to have Internet access on each computer. When this is done, you’ll be able to use the music on all three computers, and on all three iPods. Note that you can have up to five computers authorized for your iTunes Music Store account.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage. His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.

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