iTunes Tips

640px-ITunes_12_logo-1Enable Automatic Downloads

Automatically download purchases from the App Store, iBooks Store, or iTunes Store to your computers and iOS devices.

Content that’s eligible for Automatic Downloads will download automatically to iOS devices and iTunes-authorized computers associated with your Apple ID after you turn on the feature.If you’re using Family Sharing, your family’s content won’t automatically download to your devices. Only content that you’ve purchased with your Apple ID will download automatically.

Requirements for Automatic Downloads

In order to turn on Automatic Downloads, you need:

Turn on Automatic Downloads

On your computer

Music, Movies, TV Shows, and Apps

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. If you haven’t authorized your computer, choose Store > Authorize This Computer.
  3. Open the iTunes Store Preferences:
    • Mac: Choose iTunes > Preferences. Then click the Store tab.
    • Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences. Then click the Store tab.
    • Select the content that you want to automatically download. If you can’t select these options, you need to sign in to the iTunes Store with your Apple ID.

Books

In OS X Mavericks v10.9 or later and iTunes 11.1 or later, the Automatic Downloads preference for books is in the iBooks for Mac app. To turn on automatic downloads for books:

  • Open the iBooks for Mac app.
  • Choose iBooks > Preferences > Store.
  • Select “Download new purchases automatically.”

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap Settings > iTunes & App Store.
  2. If prompted, sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Tap the content that you want to automatically download. If Books isn’t listed, download iBooks from the App Store.

You can turn Automatic Downloads on or off over your cellular network on an iPhone or iPad Wi-Fi + 3G. Go to Settings > Store and turn Cellular Data on or off. Cellular Data downloads are limited to a file size of 100 MB or smaller.

Learn more

If your iOS device has an Internet connection and you enabled push notifications, the content should automatically download. On an associated device that doesn’t support Push Notifications, the specified content should automatically appear in the download queue where you can manually start the download within iTunes.

Music, movie and TV shows that you buy on your Apple TV will also automatically download to a Mac or PC running iTunes 12 on which you’ve turned on Automatic Downloads.

Automatic Downloads for music and downloading past music, movie, or TV show purchases might not be available in all countries.

Automatic Downloads for movies and TV shows is only available through iTunes 12. Automatic Downloads can’t be enabled for video on iOS.

Resume interrupted iTunes Store downloads

Learn how to restart a download of music, movies, or TV shows from the iTunes Store if the download gets interrupted.

When you buy music, movies, or TV shows from the iTunes Store, the download might get interrupted. Your download might not finish because:

  • iTunes lost its connection to the Internet.
  • iTunes quit before the download finished.
  • Your iOS device or computer restarted during a download.
  • Your Internet connection was too slow.
  • Another application blocked the download, such as third-party security software or a firewall.

Restart a download on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap iTunes Store.
  2. On your iPhone or iPod touch, tap More (three dots) at the bottom of the screen. Then tap Downloads.
    On your iPad, tap Downloads.
  3. If prompted, enter your Apple ID and password.
  4. Tap the blue download arrow next to a paused item to resume the download.

If you can’t complete the download on your iOS device, download it in iTunes on your Mac or PC. Then sync it to your iOS device.

You can also transfer purchases from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to a computer.

If you still can’t restart your downloads, get more help.

Restart a download on a Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Store > Check for Available Downloads.
    Windows: Hold down the Control and B keys on your keyboard to turn on the iTunes menu bar. Choose Store > Check for Available Downloads.
  3. If prompted, enter your Apple ID and password.

Get more help

If you still can’t restart your downloads, try the steps below:

  1. Restart your iOS device or computer.
  2. Check for updates for your Mac or PC and install any software updates. Also, update any security software you might have, such as anti-virus, anti-malware, or firewall.
  3. If you use Wi-Fi for Internet access, use a different Wi-Fi network when you download. If you connect to a home network, restart your Wi-Fi router. Also, check for and install any firmware updates for your Wi-Fi router.
    Refer to your router manufacturer’s website for information on how to update its firmware.
  4. If you’re using a Mac or PC, use an Ethernet cable for wired Internet access instead of using Wi-Fi. If the issue persists and you’re using iTunes for Windows, learn how to resolve issues between iTunes and security software.

Download past purchases

With iTunes in the Cloud, you can access your past purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and Mac App Store.

Before you begin

  1. Sign in with the Apple ID that you used for the original purchase. Use these steps to see which Apple ID you used to download an item.
  2. See if the content is available for redownload. Previously purchased items might not be available if they’re no longer on the iTunes Store. If you changed your Apple ID from one country to another, you can’t download items you purchased in a previous country.

If you’re using Family Sharing, you can use these steps to download your family member’s content.

Download previous purchases on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Make sure your iOS device meets these system requirements:

  • iOS 4.3.3 or later
    You need iOS 5 or later to download items to iPhone (CDMA model).
  • iBooks 3.0 or later to download books

Apps

  1. Tap App Store.
  2. If you’re using an iPhone or iPod touch, tap Updates, then tap Purchased.
    If you’re using an iPad, tap Purchased.
  3. Find the item that you want to download.
  4. Tap the Download   icon. After the app downloads, you can open it from the Home screen.

Music

  1. Tap Settings > Music and make sure Show All Music is on.
  2. Tap the Music app.
  3. Find the item that you want to download.
  4. Tap the Download   icon.

Movies, TV shows, or music videos

  1. Tap Settings > Videos and make sure Show All Videos is on.
  2. Tap the Videos app.
  3. Tap Movies, Music Videos, or TV Shows at the bottom of the page.
  4. Find the item that you want to download.
  5. Tap the Download   icon.

Books

Follow these steps to download purchased books:

  1. Tap iBooks. If you’re using iBooks 3.2 or earlier, tap Store.
  2. Tap Purchased from the bottom navigation bar.
  3. Tap the book that you want to download.

Audiobooks, ringtones, and tones

If you made a backup of these items on your Mac or PC, you can sync the items to your iOS device. You can’t download these items again from iTunes in the Cloud.

Additional information

If you can’t find an item in Music or Videos using these steps, you might try downloading it from the iTunes Store app:

  • iPhone or iPod touch: Tap the iTunes Store app and go to More > Purchased.
  • iPad: Tap the iTunes Store app, then tap Purchased.

Play previous purchases on Apple TV

You need Apple TV (2nd generation or later) to play content on Apple TV. Some features require the latest version of Apple TV software. If they’re available in 1080p, you can play previously-purchased 720p HD TV shows and movies in 1080p.

Movies and TV shows

  1. On the Apple TV main menu, choose Movies > Purchased or TV Shows > Purchased.
  2. Select the item you want to view.
  3. Choose Play.

Music and music videos

  1. On the Apple TV main menu, choose Music.
  2. Select the song that you want to listen to.

Download previous purchases on Mac or PC

Make sure your Mac or PC meets these system requirements:

  • iTunes 10.3 or later
    You need iTunes 10.6 or later to download previously purchased movies and TV shows.
  • iTunes account in a country where iTunes in the Cloud is available

iTunes Store

  1. Open iTunes and go to the iTunes Store.
  2. Click Purchased in the Quick Links section.
  3. Select the content type that you want to download (Music, Movies, TV Shows, Apps, or Books).
  4. Select Not in My Library to view purchased content that isn’t on your computer.
  5. Find the item that you want to download. You can browse using the menu to the left. If you have more than 2,000 songs, you’ll see Recent Purchases instead of All Songs or Albums.
  6. Click the Download   icon next to the item you want to download.
    If an item is already in your library, the Download icon won’t appear.

Mac App Store

  1. Open Mac App Store.
  2. Click Purchases at the top of the window. Your purchased apps will appear.
  3. Click Install or Download.

Use iTunes Radio on your computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV

iTunes Radio is a free service that lets you stream hundreds of DJ-curated and genre-focused stations directly to your device or computer.

Here’s what you need to use iTunes Radio:

  • iOS 7, 8 or later on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • OS X Lion v10.7 or later and iTunes 11.1 or later on your Mac
  • Apple TV (2nd generation or later) with Apple TV software version 6.0 or later installed
  • An Apple ID

See what’s new in iTunes Radio for iOS 8:

Use iTunes Radio on iOS 7 or later

To get started with iTunes Radio, open the Music player app on your iOS 7 device, tap the Radio tab, then tap Start Listening.

Welcome to iTunes Radio screen

About featured stations

Featured radio stations are DJ-curated stations that appear at the top of iTunes Radio and change periodically. You can add a featured station to My Stations by tapping the Info  button, then tapping the Plus  button to the right of “Add to My Stations.” There may be some DJ-curated stations that you may not be able to modify. You can’t like or play more tracks like this while listening to some DJ-curated stations. You can, however, create new stations based on the current track or artist of a featured station. You can also add tracks to your iTunes Wishlist from the Star ✭ menu.

Create and modify stations

You can create new stations based on artist, track, genre, or sub-genre. To create a new station, tap the Plus  button under My Stations. When asked, type an artist name, track name, or genre or select a genre from the list. Before you create a station by genre, iTunes Radio will play a preview of that station for you. After you decide on a genre, tap the Plus  button to the right of the genre name to create your station.

Sample genres in iTunes Radio

Edit your stations

You can customize or edit your stations while listening to iTunes Radio. Use the Star ✭ menu to play more like this or never play songs like this. Tap the Info  button to fine tune your station even further.

To edit your station:

  1. Tap Edit to the left of My Stations.
  2. From the resulting pane, tap a desired station.
  3. Tap the Plus  button to play similar tracks by artist or track name on your station. You can also choose to never play tracks by artist or track name.
    "Play More Like This" and "Never Play This" options in iTunes Radio
  4. Click the radio station’s name to customize your station’s name.

Share your stations

You can share stations using the Info  button on the Now Playing screen or by selecting the station on the Edit Stations screen. You can share stations through Messages, Mail, Twitter, or Facebook:

  1. Tap the Info  button at the top of the screen from within any of your stations.
  2. Tap the Share Station button towards the bottom of the screen.
  3. Choose which method you would like to use to share your station.

If you’re the recipient of a shared station, you can’t modify or customize that station.

Reorder and delete custom stations

To reorder your stations from iTunes Radio, tap the Edit button to the left of My Stations. From the edit screen, tap the Edit button in the upper-left corner, then tap and hold the handle to the right of each station name to drag the station up or down.

To delete a custom radio station, tap the Edit button to the left of My Stations. Next, swipe left on the desired station and tap Delete.

Skip tracks

When listening to iTunes Radio, you can skip up to six tracks per hour per station. After you reach your skip limit, the Skip Forward control will be dimmed for 60 minutes.

New in iOS 8: When you skip a song from the Lock screen, you’ll see the number of remaining skips next to the Skip Foward button. This number will disappear after a second.

Allow explicit tracks

By default, iTunes Radio is set to play tracks not marked as explicit. To allow explicit tracks, tap the Info button at the top of the screen from within any station. Tap to turn on Allow Explicit Tracks. Turning on explicit tracks enables explicit tracks for all radio stations on that device. This setting doesn’t sync to other devices.

Buy tracks that you hear on iTunes Radio

To buy a track that’s playing on iTunes Radio, tap the track price to the right of the track title on the Now Playing screen. If the track isn’t what’s playing, you can still buy previously played tracks from your Radio History. Tap History in the upper-left corner of the iTunes Radio main screen.

Featured stations on iTunes Radio with History option in upper-left

New in iOS 8: You can buy tracks directly from your Lock screen. When you’re playing iTunes Radio, you’ll see a Buy button in the upper-right corner of your Lock screen. If you want to buy the track that’s currently playing, tap Buy to see the song price, then tap Buy again to sign in or use Touch ID. The song will start downloading, and you’ll see a progress indicator in place of the Buy button on your Lock screen.

Switch from one device to another with seamless playback

New in iOS 8: Seamless playback lets you resume iTunes Radio where you left off on any supported device. If you’re listening to a station that plays tracks in order (like a Top Charts station), you’ll have the option to resume where you left off or start from the beginning. You can use seamless playback on these devices:

  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8 or later
  • Apple TV with software 7.0 or later

When you use seamless playback, you need to resume playing on a new device within two hours, before your session times out. If you don’t resume playing within two hours, simply start iTunes Radio again.

Use iTunes Radio on iTunes 11.1 or later

To get started with iTunes Radio from your iTunes library, choose Radio from the top navigation bar.

iTunes navigation bar

About featured stations

Featured radio stations are DJ-curated stations that appear at the top of the iTunes screen and change periodically. You can add a featured station to My Stations by dragging the item to My stations or by clicking the Plus  button and typing the name of the station. There may be some DJ-curated stations that you aren’t able to modify. You can’t like or play more tracks like this while listening to a DJ-curated station. However, you can create a new station based on the current track or artist of a featured station. You can also add tracks to your iTunes Wishlist from the Star ✭ menu.

Create and modify stations

You can create a station based on artist, track, genre, or sub-genre. To create a custom station, click the Plus  button below the Featured Stations section in the center of the iTunes window. When asked, type an artist name, track name, or genre or select a genre from the presented list. Before you create a station by genre, iTunes Radio will play a preview of that station for you. After you add stations the first time, the Plus  button will move to the right of My Stations.

Featured stations

Edit your stations

You can customize your stations while you’re listening to iTunes Radio from the iTunes LCD. Hold the pointer over the iTunes LCD, then click the carrot to the right of the track name. From the menu, you can play more like this or never play this song.

Play more like this selected for Only Love by Ben Howard

You can further customize your station by clicking the desired station. Click the Plus  button to play similar tracks by artist or track name on your station, or you can choose to never play tracks by artist or track name.

My Stations

You can customize your radio station’s name by clicking the name of the radio station.

Share your stations

You can share stations through Messages, Mail, Twitter, or Facebook:

  1. Hold the pointer over the iTunes LCD.
  2. Click the carrot next to the track name.
  3. Choose Share Station.
    If you’re the recipient of a shared station, you can’t modify or customize that station.iTunes with Share Station selected

You can also share stations by clicking the arrow on the individual station page.

Sharing menu for Blues station

Reorder and delete stations

To delete a station, click the desired station, then press delete on your keyboard. You can also delete multiple stations by dragging your pointer over multiple stations. After you select the desired stations, press delete on your keyboard.

Skip tracks

When listening to iTunes Radio, you can skip up to six tracks per hour per station. When you reach your skip limit, the Skip Forward control will be dimmed for 60 minutes. An alert will appear under the Skip Forward control when you have 2 skips left.

Allow explicit tracks

By default, iTunes Radio is set to play tracks not marked as explicit. To allow explicit tracks, turn on Allow Explicit below the featured radio stations. Turning on explicit tracks enables explicit tracks for all radio stations on that computer. This setting doesn’t sync to other devices.

Buy tracks that you hear on iTunes Radio

To buy a track that’s playing on iTunes Radio, click the track price to the right of the track title.

iTunes

If the track isn’t playing, you can still buy previously played tracks from your Radio History.

In the iTunes Store, you can view your Radio History in the Preview History menu.

History

Use iTunes Radio on Apple TV (2nd generation or later)

To get started with iTunes Radio, select iTunes Radio from the Apple TV menu.

iTunes Radio on Apple TV

About featured stations

Featured radio stations are DJ-curated stations that appear at the top of iTunes Radio and change periodically. You can add a featured station to My Stations by pressing Down on your Apple TV remote to bring up the contextual menu, then selecting Add [Station Name] to Stations.

Create and modify stations

You can create custom stations based on artist, track, genre, or sub-genre:

  1. Press the Up button on your Apple TV remote while in iTunes Radio.
  2. Select Add Station.
  3. On the resulting screen, you can type an artist name, track name, or genre by selecting Create a Station.

Alternatively, you can select from a list of pre-populated genres. When you select a genre, you can preview it by selecting the genre name and pressing the Select button on your Apple TV remote. To add or create a station based on a genre, select the Plus  button to the right of the genre name.

iTunes Radio create a station options

Edit your stations

To edit or customize your station:

  1. Go to iTunes Radio.
  2. Select Edit Stations by pressing the Up button on your Apple TV remote.
  3. Go to the desired station and press the Select button on your Apple TV remote.
  4. Select Play More Like This to have your station play similar tracks by artist name, track name, or genre. You can also select Never Play This to never play tracks by artist name, track name, or genre.
    House radio station on iTunes Radio
  5. Select the radio station’s name by pressing the Select button on your Apple TV remote to customize the name.

Share your stations

Sharing stations isn’t supported on Apple TV. However, you can view a station’s number of followers.

Reorder and delete stations

To reorder your stations, highlight the station you want to move, press and hold the Select button on your Apple TV remote until the station icon begins to move. Use the directional buttons on your Apple TV remote to reorder your stations.

To delete a station:

  1. Select Edit Stations by pressing the Up button on your Apple TV remote while in iTunes Radio.
  2. From the resulting screen, go to the desired station.
  3. Select the delete button to the right of the station name by pressing the Select button on your Apple TV remote.

Skip tracks

When listening to iTunes Radio, you can skip up to six tracks per hour per station. After you reach your skip limit, the Skip Forward control will be dimmed for 60 minutes.

Allow explicit tracks

By default, iTunes Radio is set to stream clean tracks. To turn on explicit tracks, press the Up button on your Apple TV remote while in iTunes Radio and select Edit Stations. From the resulting screen, select Explicit Music by pressing the Select button on your Apple TV remote.

Buy tracks that you hear on iTunes Radio

To buy a track that’s playing on iTunes Radio, press the Down button on your Apple TV remote while in iTunes Radio and select Buy. If the track isn’t what’s playing, you can still buy previously played tracks from your Radio History. To see your iTunes Radio history, press Up on your Apple TV remote while in iTunes Radio and select History.