Pre-order music and movies from the iTunes Store

If you want to buy an album or movie from the iTunes Store that isn't yet available, you might be able to pre-order it.

If an album or movie is available for pre-order from the iTunes Store, the purchase button that displays the pre-order price will be orange.

Pre-order an item

You can pre-order items on your iOS device or computer.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the iTunes Store app.
  2. Find the item that you want to pre-order.
  3. Tap the orange price button.
  4. Tap Pre-order [Album or Movie].
  5. When prompted to confirm your order, tap Pre-Order.

If the status of your pre-order changes, you might receive one or more emails. If you decide to cancel your pre-order, you can do so in iTunes on a Mac or PC.

On your Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes, and go to the iTunes Store.
  2. Find the item that you want to pre-order.
  3. Click the orange Pre-Order price button.
  4. When prompted to confirm your order, click Pre-Order. You might be asked to enter your password.
  5. If your pre-order is successful, a message confirming it appears.

If the status of your pre-order changes, you might receive one or more emails. If you decide to cancel your pre-order, you can do so in iTunes on a Mac or PC.

If you can download songs from the album immediately

Some pre-order albums include songs that you can buy before the album officially releases.

  • If you buy a song after you pre-order an album, the price you pay for the album when it releases lowers by the cost of the song.
  • If you buy a song before you pre-order an album, the pre-order price lowers to reflect the fact that you've already bought one or more songs off the album.

Download a pre-order

When your pre-ordered item releases, your order completes and the payment method that you have on file in the iTunes Store is billed. You'll receive an email letting you know that your pre-order is ready to download. Click or tap the link in the email to download your item.

If you have Automatic Downloads turned on, the item automatically appears in the Purchased section of your account. If your items don't download automatically, you can download them from your purchase history.

If you don't see a pre-order that you expect to see, check for available downloads in iTunes on a Mac or PC:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > Check For Available Downloads.

View or cancel your pre-orders

You can only manage your pre-orders in iTunes on a Mac or PC.

To open iTunes and sign in to your Account Information page from your computer, click this link: View My Account. Or follow these steps:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > View My Account.

  4. Enter your password, then press the Return or Enter key on your keyboard, or click View Account.

On the Account Information page:

  1. Scroll to Settings, then click Manage Pre-Orders.
  2. On the Manage Pre-Orders screen, you can view information about your pre-orders, including the expected release dates.
    To cancel a pre-order, click the Cancel button to the right of the item. When asked to confirm that you want to cancel, click OK.

Get help

If a billing issue stops your purchase from completing when your pre-order releases, you'll get an email letting you know that the item is available, but you need to update your billing information before you can download it.

Click the link in the email to check your billing information and complete your purchase.

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