Daily Tip: How to download previously purchased apps, songs, and books in iTunes

Heard about Apple's iCloud beta and wondering how you can use it to download all your previously purchased apps, songs, and books in iTunes? Well you're in luck, because with iTunes 10.3, it's easy (although music is currently limited to US users only. Sigh.) Read on to find out how, after the break.

[Inside iTunes]

Here's how to re-download your apps, music, and books:

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC
  2. Find the Quick Links section in the store toolbar at the top right
  3. Click on the Purchased link
  4. Navigate through your app, music, and book purchases
  5. You can choose between complete purchase history for each category, or Not in my Library to see just what's missing on your machine
  6. Click the iCloud button next to anything you want to pull back down to your local library, or click Download All to restore everything you've ever bought.

Welcome to the cloud!

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Rene Ritchie

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Daily Tip: How to download previously purchased apps, songs, and books in iTunes


Not only is music US-only, but in many countries (like Ireland for example) we still have no paid iBooks at all to begin with. Nothing. Nada. Zero. Zilch. Niente.

Same here in South Africa, so sad considering I'd gladly pay for all my, my wife and both my kids apps and music. Oh well, guess we'll just have to keep pirating it all as usual...

I think Apple should let you create bookmark profiles/groupings of apps you Care about and store that meta data in their cloud. Then you could download just that set of apps depending on what device you are on. That way you'll get what you want on each device. Who the hack wants a bunch of iPhone apps on their iPad? The current download All is fairly useless. Who really want to download hundredrs of crap apps they only tried once an tossed away.
Hooray for the beta cloud apple but time for some progress.

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