iTunes for Windows: How to copy purchases between computers

Learn how you can copy items you purchased from the iTunes Store to a different computer.

This document is for Windows users. If you use a Mac, follow the iTunes for Mac instructions.

You can download items after you purchase them from the iTunes Store. To use purchased items on a different computer, copy the items and authorize that computer. You can authorize up to five computers to use your purchased items.1 If you will no longer be using the computer you originally downloaded your purchases to, make sure to deauthorize your computer.

After you've found the files for your purchased items, use any of the following methods to copy them to another computer.

Use Home Sharing

Transfer your iTunes content between authorized computers on your local network using the Home Sharing feature in iTunes 9 and later.

Burn a data CD or DVD with the song files

Burn your purchased items to a data CD or DVD. After you've burned the disc, insert it into another computer and import the items into iTunes.

Use an external hard drive

Drag files to the disk icon of an external hard drive connected to your computer. Connect the hard drive to the other computer, and import the songs into iTunes. You can also use your iPod as a hard drive.

Use your iPod and iTunes

You can transfer iTunes Store purchases that are synced with your iPod to any authorized computer (for example, from your home to your work computer).

Use file sharing

Turn on file sharing to copy files over a network.

Learn more

  1. iTunes DRM-protected music includes audio with a bit rate of 128 kbps. You can transfer songs and videos to up to five computers, burn seven copies of the same playlist to CD, and sync to an unlimited number of iPods.
  2. iTunes Plus music refers to songs and music videos available in our highest-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding (twice the current bit rate of 128 kbps) and without digital rights management (DRM). There are no burn limits and iTunes Plus music will play on all iPods, Mac or Windows computers, Apple TVs, and many other digital music players.
  3. You can redownload purchases from the App Store and iBooks Store for free as long as the app or book is still available for purchase. 

A note about copyright

iTunes software may be used to reproduce materials. It is licensed to you only for reproduction of non-copyrighted materials, materials in which you own the copyright, or materials you are authorized or legally permitted to reproduce. If you're uncertain about your right to copy any material, you should contact your legal adviser. See the iTunes Store Terms of Service for additional information.

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