If an item isn’t yet available, you may be able to pre-order and then download it when it becomes available.
Pre-order an item: Click the Pre-order button next to the item. When the item is available for download, you receive an email notice. You aren’t charged for the item until you download it.
Download a pre-ordered item: Click the link in the email notice or open iTunes and choose Store > Check for Available Downloads.
View, cancel, or see the expected release dates for pending pre-orders: Choose Store > View My Apple ID, and click Manage Pre-orders.
When you pre-order an item, you may not be able to download it at the exact moment it becomes available for regular purchase. You’ll receive an email the same day it becomes available to let you know when you can download the item.
Some albums or collections you can pre-order include a song that’s available to download immediately. When you pre-order these items, the available song is downloaded and you’re charged only for that song. When you download the rest of the album (after you’re notified it’s available), you’re charged for the rest.
What Happens if You Pre-order Something From iTunes?
Pre-ordering on iTunes ensures you have your content the day it gets released.
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When pre-ordering an item on iTunes becomes something you're doing for your business instead of your personal pleasure, it's even more important to know the ins and outs. Understanding how iTunes pre-orders work ensures you're not met with any surprises or problems that may throw a wrench into your business plans. Understanding how pre-orders work, how to get your content and how to cancel unwanted pre-orders may save you a headache later.
When you use the iTunes store to view an item that hasn't been released yet, the normal "Buy" button instead reads "Pre-Order." Itunes will not charge you right away for the item. Instead, you'll get an email confirmation when the item is released. Upon actually downloading the item, you'll be charged for your purchase. Once the item is available, either click the link in Apple's email regarding the item, or open iTunes and go to "Store" and "Check for Available Downloads."
Available for Download.
While you're not charged for the entire item when you pre-order it, you still might see a charge. If any portion of the item is already available for download, iTunes treats the pre-order like a purchase and charges you for the currently available content, which you then have access to. For example, if you ordered an album from your favorite music artist, the album's first single may already be available. If so, you'll get charged for and gain access to that single, even though the rest of the album hasn't been released. You can download the remainder of the album once iTunes officially releases it.
Apple warns that you might not have access to your pre-ordered content "the exact moment it becomes available for regular purchase." For pre-orders, you have to wait for Apple's email telling you the item is ready. Apple does assure that the email will come the same day the content is released. If getting your content the second it comes out is that important to you, consider foregoing the pre-order route. Instead, keep track of the release date and visit the iTunes store when the item becomes available.
If the item's release date is approaching and you've decided you don't want the content, you can cancel pre-orders. While purchased content on iTunes cannot be refunded, iTunes doesn't charge you for pre-orders until they're released, so you technically haven't purchased the content yet. To cancel a pre-order, click "Store" in iTunes' menu bar and select "View My Apple ID." From there, select "Manage Pre-Orders," where you can check the release date for upcoming items or cancel the pre-order. Keep in mind that since all purchases are final, if a portion of the pre-order was available and already downloaded, you cannot return that content for a refund.
iTunes: How to Download Previously Purchased Music, Movies, and Audiobooks.
By Mitch Bartlett 29 Comments.
With Apple iTunes, you have unlimited access to download previous music, movie, and audiobook purchases anytime you like. This comes in handy if you have lost your files on your hard drive or wish to easily download the content to a new device. Here’s how.
Open iTunes and select “ iTunes Store “. On the right menu, click the “ Purchased ” link. If prompted, type your Apple ID and Password, then select “ Sign In “ Select the type of item you wish to download at the top-right part of the window. Choose “ Music “, “ Movies “, “ TV Shows ” or “ Audiobooks “. You can also choose to view “All” or items “Not in My Library”. Select the Cloud icon next to the item or the “ Download All ” button located at the lower-right part of the screen to download the item(s) to your computer.
How do I re-download apps from iTunes?
Apple removed app syncing from iTunes. You will have to download purchased apps from your mobile device.
Open the “ App Store ” app. Select “ Updates “. Select “ Purchased “. Tap the cloud icon next to the apps you wish to download.
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Ian Gribble says.
I cannot reload any of my music or movies nor can I find the original location. This has got to be a scam to force people into subscriptions. I will be avoiding any further dealings with Apple from now on. This will also apply to any companies who contact me via the email used to post this comment.
YOU PEOPLE ARE THE ABSOLUTE BEST. I WAS ABLE TO READ, UNDERSTAND, & APPLY YOUR TECH-DIRECTIONS FOR AN ‘ITUNE/IPAD’ ISSUE (I’M 60+YRS.). I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS.
Steven Bergeron says.
I have spent hundreds if not thousands purchasing music from I Tunes over the years. Now they feel they have the right to take that music away from us and make us pay a subscription to listen to music already purchased? I look forward to the class-action lawsuit. Not happy.
I cannot find many of the tunes I purchased! I paid money for many I-Tunes cards and bought hundreds of songs… they are mine..paid for! Where are they? And how dare you make listening to music I paid for this difficult?
Fernando Angon says.
@Colin Gibson you probably moved the original file location? That’s perhaps why it cannot find the original files.
Colin Gibson says.
I have just spent ages setting up another itunes library, for a family member, on the same pc as my original library. I then spent another huge amount of time copying some of the tunes from my library into the new library. Several things have now happened 1) I can play some of the tunes in the new library 2) i can’t play other tunes in the new library – it says unable to locate 3) i can’t find some tunes that i copied to the new library even though i purchased them in the past and have copied them over and i am finding it difficult to re-download these purchases. I have now spent around 8 or 9 hours in total, with this and cannot sync with my child’s ipod because the library is dodgy – please advise.
Chenri Jano says.
Itunes in PC / Mac > Login > Store > Manage : Account > Itunes in the Cloud : Hidden Purchases : Manage > Unhide All.
Thanks to Sandi says July 21, 2019 at 9:34 pm ….
Elisabeth Miller says.
I can’t download anything I have purchased in the past few months – I have had iTunes for years and the phone isn’t the issue as I have done it on this phone before and there is loads of space. I have tried on data and wifi and it just will NOT do what it is recommended here. I press Download all and it ‘pretends’ to start and then goes back to down load. I have done all the things – 1. restarted phone – check 2. uninstalled and reinstalled app – not available as an option as these are native apps 3. am fully financial on iTunes – check 4. tried wifi (unlimited fast)- check 5. tried data – unlimited4G – check ** plugged into power 6. iOs and iTunes versions fully up to date – Check.
So – what can I do now because I am sick of paying for music I can’t access offline.
I tried to redownload the music videos I purchased in the iCloud sign in the iTunes but it doesn’t download, how do I download this music videos I purchased from iTunes to my music library again?
I Have purchased a movie from iTunes and I can’t download to iPad. Error can’t download movie at this time message keeps coming up.
Song Bin Huang says.
No, I could not see Icloud at all, and don’t know where to download my purchased music.
Not sure about all this re-downloading business. I’ve just gone through my purchase history, and re-downloaded the missing albums, some of which I purchased 12 years ago, only to be CHARGED AGAIN!
Mickey Silverstone says.
yesterday I learned I cannot easily transfer photos from my ipad or iphone (I need to buy an app program for 40 bucks to transfer photos that I could easily transfer on mh old android since their software allows the device to operate as a disk), and today I learn I cannot redownload mucic I had purchased..
Apple is killing off itunes next year, its been in process of that when it separated apps and books and