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Archived - iTunes Store: Where can I download and sync my purchases?

You can download or transfer content you purchase from the iTunes Store to various Apple products. The content you can download may vary depending on which Apple product you use to make your purchase. Access to your content may also vary depending on which Apple product was used to make your purchase.

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Purchases made using your computer must be completely downloaded to your computer before you can sync the item to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple TV. 

You may also override the download queue and download your purchases using your computer no matter what device was used to make the purchase. For example, you can purchase a movie on an Apple TV and the movie will be added to the Apple TV download queue. However, you may also go to iTunes on your computer, sign in to the iTunes Store, and choose Store > Check for Available Downloads and be able to download the movie using your computer.

Please review the following tables for specific information on downloading and syncing purchases.

Note: Bonus content like a digital booklet, iTunes LP, or iTunes Extras will always be added to the computer's download queue no matter what device made the purchase.

 I purchased or rented content on my computer

 √ = Yes   Downloads To    Syncs To

Purchased on computer

Desktop   Apple TV (1st generation) iPhone (original) & iPod touch (1st generation) iPhone & iPod touch* iPhone 4 or iPod touch (4th generation) iPad iPod1

               

Standard Def. Movie Rentals

 
HD Movie Rentals        
Standard Def. Video/Movie  
HD Video/Movie        
Songs/Audiobooks  
iPhone/iPod touch Applications      
iPad Applications            

* Includes iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (2nd generation), and iPod touch (3rd generation).

1 Video supported iPods include iPod nano (3rd generation), iPod nano (4th generation), iPod nano (5th generation), and iPod classic.

 I purchased or rented content on my Apple TV (1st generation)

 √ = Yes  Downloads To   Syncs To

Purchased on Apple TV

Apple TV Desktop   iPhone (original) & iPod touch (1st generation) iPhone & iPod touch* iPhone 4 & iPod touch (4th generation) iPad Desktop iPod1

                 
Standard Def. Movie Rentals                
HD Movie Rental                
Standard Def. Video/Movie  
HD Video/Movie        
Songs/Audiobooks  

* Includes iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (2nd generation), and iPod touch (3rd generation).

1 Video supported iPods include iPod nano (3rd generation), iPod nano (4th generation), iPod nano (5th generation), and iPod classic.

 

 I purchased or rented content on my iPhone or iPod touch

 √ = Yes  Downloads To
 Syncs To

Purchased on iPhone/iPod touch*

iPhone/iPod touch* Desktop   Apple TV iPad iPhone (original) & iPod touch (1st generation) iPhone & iPod touch* iPhone 4 & iPod touch (4th generation) Desktop iPod1

                   
Standard Def. Movie Rentals    
HD Movie Rentals                    
Standard Def. Video/Movie  
HD Video/Movie                    
Songs/Audiobooks  

Pre-Cut Ringtones**          
iPhone/iPod touch Applications      
Books3          
 
1 Video supported iPods include iPod nano (3rd generation), iPod nano (4th generation), iPod nano (5th generation), and iPod classic.

3 Books are not compatible with iPhone (original) or iPod touch (1st generation) and require iBooks and iOS 4.0 or later on iPhone/iPod touch.
* Includes iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (2nd generation), and iPod touch (3rd generation).
** Pre-Cut Ringtones can only be purchased using an iPhone with iOS 3.1 software or later or iPod touch (4th generation) with iOS 4.1 or later.
 

 I purchased or rented content on my iPhone 4 or iPod touch (4th generation)

 √ = Yes  Downloads To    Syncs To

Purchased on iPhone 4 or iPod touch (4th generation)

iPhone 4 or iPod touch (4th generation) Desktop   Apple TV iPad iPhone (original) & iPod touch (1st generation) iPhone & iPod touch*
Desktop iPod1

                 
Standard Def. Movie Rentals                
HD Movie Rentals  √                
Standard Def. Video/Movie  √  
HD Video/Movie  √          
Songs/Audiobooks  √  

Pre-Cut Ringtones**  √        
iPhone/iPod touch Applications  √      
Books2  √          
 
1 Video supported iPods include iPod nano (3rd generation), iPod nano (4th generation), iPod nano (5th generation), and iPod classic.
2 Books are not compatible with iPhone (original) or iPod touch (1st generation) and require iBooks and iOS 4.0 or later on iPhone/iPod touch.
* Includes iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (2nd generation), and iPod touch (3rd generation).
** Pre-Cut Ringtones can only be purchased using an iPhone with iOS 3.1 software or later or iPod touch (4th generation) with iOS 4.1 or later.

 I purchased or rented content on my iPad

√ = Yes  Downloads To    Syncs To

Purchased on iPad

iPad Desktop   Apple TV iPhone (original) & iPod touch (1st generation) iPhone & iPod touch* iPhone 4 & iPod (4th generation) Desktop iPod1

                 
Standard Def. Movie Rentals                 
HD Movie Rentals                
Standard Def. Video/Movie    √
HD Video/Movie        
Songs/Audiobooks    √

iPhone/iPod touch Applications      √  
iPad Applications            
Books2          √  

1 Video supported iPods include iPod nano (3rd generation), iPod nano (4th generation), iPod nano (5th generation), and iPod classic.

2 Books are not compatible with iPhone (original) or iPod touch (1st generation) and require iBooks and iOS 4.0 or later on iPhone/iPod touch.

* Includes iPhone (original), iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (1st generation), iPod touch (2nd generation), and iPod touch (3rd generation).

 

Additional Information

Notes

  • Movie rentals require iTunes 10 or later on the Desktop, iOS 4.2 or later on an iPhone/iPod touch and iPad.
  • New episodes of Season Passes you purchase using Apple TV can only be downloaded using Apple TV. 
  • Checking for available downloads from your computer will not allow you to download movie rentals made on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Movie rentals must be downloaded to the place of purchase.
  • Some content types are not available in some iTunes Store countries.

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