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My sons pc died, blue screen, he got another but wants to get his itunes back.
He was informed itunes will not let him re download them, is that correct?

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iTunes actually will let you redownload music now, but only music purchased from iTunes:
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2519

If he had music ripped from CDs, or purchased from other online stores, those won't be available for redownload. iTunes does offer a service called iTunes Match for $25/year that will allow that, but it would've had to have been paid for and set up on the old PC:
http://www.apple.com/itunes/itunes-match/


A "blue screen" is a pretty general windows error, and it's very likely the old PC could be repaired, or at the least the hard drive could be removed from it and files recovered. Was is a desktop or laptop? A USB enclosure could allow easy access of the old drive on the new PC:
http://www.newegg.com/External-Enclosures/SubCategory/ID-92

Once the old drive is available, you can restore the old iTunes library onto the new PC:
http://www.bluehuffy.com/hosted/guides/restore_itunes_library/re...

Go at it from the other way - retrieve the music that has been synced to his iPod. Use SharePod or similar to extract his content and re-add it to the new iTunes library.

capcdoc said:   Go at it from the other way - retrieve the music that has been synced to his iPod.
That's assuming both that he has an iPod (the OP didn't mention one; some people just use iTunes to organize the music on their PC) and that it has all the music from the PC on it (PCs can often store more music than one iPod can hold).

marsilies said:   iTunes actually will let you redownload music now, but only music purchased from iTunes:
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2519

If he had music ripped from CDs, or purchased from other online stores, those won't be available for redownload. iTunes does offer a service called iTunes Match for $25/year that will allow that, but it would've had to have been paid for and set up on the old PC:
http://www.apple.com/itunes/itunes-match/


A "blue screen" is a pretty general windows error, and it's very likely the old PC could be repaired, or at the least the hard drive could be removed from it and files recovered. Was is a desktop or laptop? A USB enclosure could allow easy access of the old drive on the new PC:
http://www.newegg.com/External-Enclosures/SubCategory/ID-92

Once the old drive is available, you can restore the old iTunes library onto the new PC:
http://www.bluehuffy.com/hosted/guides/restore_itunes_library/re...




RE:
A "blue screen" is a pretty general windows error, and it's very likely the old PC could be repaired, or at the least the hard drive could be removed from it and files recovered. Was is a desktop or laptop? A USB enclosure could allow easy access of the old drive on the new PC:
http://www.newegg.com/External-Enclosures/SubCategory/ID-92


Yes, I did suggest he get an external USB HO enclosure for that purpose be we were hoping there was an easier way....

Most is music he bought from iTunes.

His only i anything is the iTunes

yesidonoitall said:   His only i anything is the iTunes
no, no, no, no, no! no. no no no no
Why iTunes without an iOS device?

as mentioned:
The data may be recoverable on the PC. The data might also be recoverable once the account is set up elsewhere. I've been able to pull down purchased items on multiple devices.

riznick said:   no, no, no, no, no! no. no no no no
Why iTunes without an iOS device?
Emphatically second that!

iTunes is a horrid piece of software (my opinion, obviously). There are so many better media players / organizers out there that I don't know why anyone would use iTunes without an iDevice.

Heck, I have multiple iPhones, iPads and iPods in my household and I only use iTunes when it's absolutely necessary.

riznick said:   no, no, no, no, no! no. no no no no
Why iTunes without an iOS device?

Probably because it was one of the first online music stores, and I think the first online music store to carry music from multiple major labels. It sounds like the son is primarily purchasing music online, and if you want to buy from iTunes Music Store, you need iTunes.

capcdoc said:   Go at it from the other way - retrieve the music that has been synced to his iPod. Use SharePod or similar to extract his content and re-add it to the new iTunes library.Is all his music on the iPod?

ellory said:   Is all his music on the iPod?
No, he doesn't have an iPod.
yesidonoitall said:   His only i anything is the iTunes

To the OP: If your son is ok with only getting most of his music back, just have him redownload his iTunes purchases.

However, isn't there anything else on his old PC that he would like back? Pictures? Videos? Documents? You'll need to go the external enclosure route for that.

In the future, look into some form of backup, whether an external drive everything is copied to (not moved), or some form of online backup.



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