About iTunes Store pre-orders

You can pre-order music and movies from the iTunes Store prior to the public release date.

If you want to purchase a movie or music from the iTunes store, but it isn't yet available, you might be able to pre-order it.

Items you can pre-order have an orange purchase button that displays the pre-order price, instead of the white price button. Most pre-order items also show the expected release date near the pre-order button.

When the item is released, we’ll complete your order and bill your account. If you turned on the option to automatically download prepurchased content in iTunes, the item will automatically appear in the Purchased section of your account. Learn what to do if a billing issue prevents your order from automatically downloading.

Some pre-orders include songs that you can download immediately. When you click the pre-order button, we charge you only for these songs, and they download immediately. We’ll charge you for the rest of the pre-order when it’s released.

Pre-order an item

  1. Click or tap the Pre-Order button.
  2. Click or tap Pre-Order to confirm that you’d like to pre-order the item.
  3. You'll see a thank-you message when you successfully pre-order the item.

If the status of your pre-order changes, you might receive one or more emails.

Download a pre-ordered item

When a pre-ordered item becomes available, you'll get an email letting you know that you can download your pre-order.

If you turned on the option to automatically download prepurchased content in iTunes, then your pre-ordered content might already be in your library. If not, click the link in the email to start the download.

You can also use the Check for Available Downloads feature in iTunes on your computer (Store > Check for Available Downloads) to download your pre-order.

View, cancel, or see the expected release dates for your pending pre-orders

You can't manage pre-orders on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To manage your pre-orders on a computer:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Click on your Apple ID.
  3. Click Account info.
  4. If prompted, enter your password.
  5. Under Settings, click Manage Pre-Orders.
  6. On the Manage Pre-Order screen, you can view information about your pre-orders. To cancel a pre-order, click the Cancel button to the right of the item, and then confirm it.

Billing issues

If a billing issue prevents us from completing your purchase when the item is released, we'll send you an email to let you know that the item is available.

You can click the link in the email to check your billing information and complete your purchase.

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