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Copy iTunes Music Store songs onto other machines Apps
Many users assume that to physically copy your iTunes Music Store (iTMS) AAC songs onto other computers, you need to first make AIFF copies and then recompress them into MP3 or unprotected AAC files. Not true. A little understood feature of iTunes is that it will allow you to directly transfer protected AAC files to all five of your iTunes authorized computers.

First, copy your files as a Data CD using Burning preferences. You can copy anything in your library, including the iTMS restricted music, in their original format. Then, load the burned Data disk onto another computer with iTunes. iTunes will want to verify the receiving computer is one of your five authorized computers under your iTMS account. Once authorized, the new computer will load the iTMS songs, along with everything else. You can then play and burn just like you can on the original computer.

This is a great way to have playable backups of iTMS files, and also to have a copy in your work computer - in case you don't bring your iPod.

[robg adds: This is probably an obvious hint, but I hadn't thought about it -- we have a network at home, so I've copied our purchases that way. For work, I take my iPod, so I've never tried to transfer an iTMS purchase to that machine...]
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Copy iTunes Music Store songs onto other machines
Authored by: shaitan on May 13, '04 11:09:41AM

Don't need no intermediate CD burn. Just upload the mp4 file directly. If the new location is an authorized computer, you can play it locally. If not then remote network access to the mp4 file via an authorized computer works.



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Copy iTunes Music Store songs onto other machines
Authored by: tricyclejp on May 13, '04 11:11:14AM
I use scp to copy files between machines, and it works great. On my pc, I use pscp to scp the files from my mac to the pc. If I don't know the path to the files on my mac, I just ssh in first, copy the files to a temp location, then use pscp on the PC to grab them. I wouldn't want to transfer tons of music that way, but it's nice for grabbing a few newly-purchased tunes.

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Copy iTunes Music Store songs onto other machines
Authored by: seven5 on May 13, '04 11:16:28AM

It kills me that whenever i see a hint about transferring music from iTunes, NO ONE ever mentions how you can just drag the song out of iTunes and into a folder.

So heres the hint:

Just select multiple songs in iTunes, and drag them OUT of iTunes and on to your desktop or a new folder. Done. Now drag that to a new computer on your network, and you're done as well. Its as simple as that, and no one ever mentions it.



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Copy iTunes Music Store songs onto other machines
Authored by: DougAdams on May 13, '04 11:21:02AM

My sentiments exactly!



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Copy iTunes Music Store songs onto other machines
Authored by: pathfinder on May 14, '04 01:06:34AM

Isn't it also possible to drag them directly from iTunes to the network drive?
If you first drag to the desktop I think you are making a copy (or moving) of the original file that would have to be thrown away.



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Copy iTunes Music Store songs onto other machines
Authored by: ynolo on May 13, '04 11:36:34AM

I have tons of tunes now from the iTMS and a bunch from my CD collection. What i did is using firewire target disk mode, just copy the entire iTunes folder and that is it.

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i don\'t have one



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Copy iTunes Music Store songs onto other machines
Authored by: chabig on May 13, '04 12:43:52PM

"Many users assume that to physically copy your iTunes Music Store (iTMS) AAC songs onto other computers, you need to first make AIFF copies and then recompress them into MP3 or unprotected AAC files."

I can't image anyone would think this. A song is just a file. To copy a file from one machine to another there are a variety of techniques, including burning to CD. What "hint" will we have next? How about a hint for copying Microsoft Word files to another computer by burning to CD?



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Copy Microsoft Word files onto other machines
Authored by: chabig on May 13, '04 12:54:38PM

Many users assume that to copy a Word file from one machine to another you have to print the document, then retype it on the other machine. Not true. A little understood feature of computers is that you can directly transfer digital files from one machine to another.

First, copy the Word file to external media--it could be a CD, another hard drive, a USB flash drive, a Zip drive, and on older computers, it could even be a floppy disk. You can copy anything on your computer, Word files certainly, but also other types of files, such as iTunes Music Store songs. Then, connect the external media to another computer and copy the file to the new machine. You can then open the file just like you could on the original computer.

This is a great way to make backups of your important data, and also to have a copy in your work computer.



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Copy Microsoft Word files onto other machines
Authored by: rhowell on May 13, '04 12:59:11PM

This info is worthy of its own hint!! I'm submitting it to robg right now...



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Copy iTunes Music Store songs onto other machines
Authored by: rhowell on May 13, '04 12:56:52PM

Maybe what the original poster meant to say was,

"Many users assume that to physically copy your iTunes Music Store (iTMS) AAC songs onto other UNAUTHORIZED computers, you need to first make AIFF copies and then recompress them into MP3 or unprotected AAC files."

This statement is true. Why anyone would think that this needs to be done to copy the file itself is beyond me. We're just copying files here people.



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Copy iTunes Music Store songs onto other machines
Authored by: JohnITG on May 13, '04 07:14:51PM

Is it that everyone doesen't get it or you don't?

Think about it!



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Unauthorize old machines?
Authored by: mattmend on May 13, '04 12:57:20PM

Hi -

Semi on-topic. Is there a way to deauthorize a computer one no longer has access to? I think I've all but used up my authorizations, but by old machines that have long since been sold to other people.

TIA -

Matt



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Unauthorize old machines?
Authored by: rhowell on May 13, '04 01:00:55PM

iTunes->Help->Search "authorize"



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Sorry...
Authored by: rhowell on May 13, '04 01:03:43PM

I see, that you do not have access to. I'd try here as a first step:

www.apple.com/support/itunes/authorization.html

(also from the iTunes Help pages)



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Unauthorize old machines?
Authored by: figz on May 13, '04 01:56:16PM

To deauthorize a computer to which you no longer have access, contact iTunes Music Store Customer support using the Web form at http://www.apple.com/support/itunes/authorization.html



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Unauthorize old machines?
Authored by: adrianm on May 13, '04 02:19:59PM

And on the same track.....

"I've long lost all my serial numbers for my legally bought software (honest), how can get to install it again without them?"

Or maybe the poster really is so dumb as to not have read anything about authorisation or noticed the 'Advanced -> Deauthorize Computer' option before selling all those Macs.



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Unauthorize old machines?
Authored by: mattmend on May 13, '04 02:36:01PM

Normally I wouldn't bother responding to such a flame but tossing the word 'dumb' around, I can't help myself. I've legitimately purchased 7 iBooks and/or Powerbooks in the last two years. It's not unreasonable to expect that I would have wiped the drive and sold the machine without occuring to me that the 5 songs I've purchased from the Store need to be deauthorized on that machine. And for Apple not to provide an interface to authorize and deauthorize machines through iTunes once userID is verified is really what's 'dumb'.

And by the way, why the need to be hateful? Your life that mundane that you need a little excitement by throwing around insults?



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Unauthorize old machines?
Authored by: LEC on Jan 13, '05 09:12:22PM

Hi
Even-less-on-topic but I came here looking for this information, so I'll record it for others:-
The authorization information for your computer is stored in the invisible file SC Info.sidb in the invisible folder SC Info in /Users/Shared. So if you thought you never used /Users/Shared and you only back up your home folder, think again!

[This information is of no help to would-be pirates - the SC Info.sidb combines your authorization code from Apple with 'fingerprint' data of your computer, so it is useless on any other machine]



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Copy iTunes Music Store songs onto other machines
Authored by: JohnITG on May 13, '04 07:17:36PM

Is it that everyone doesen't get it or you don't?

Think about it!



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Copy iTunes Music Store songs onto other machines
Authored by: henryhbk on May 14, '04 08:53:57AM

I use Synchronize Pro (http://www.qdea.com/) for keeping my laptop and desktop in synch for iTunes directories. The only thing to remember is that the playlists will be from the last machine edited. So it is important to edit playlists on only one machine! This also works well for iPhoto libraries.

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Henry Feldman, MD
Medical Informatics
NYU School of Medicine



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