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Is it safe to download iTunes on my laptop?

Asked by NostalgicChills (2755 points ) November 3rd, 2011

When I say “safe”, I’m not referring to the actual security of my laptop. I’m referring to the security of the music already on my iPod.
Here is the scenario: There are two computers in my house. One main one, and my laptop. The main computer has iTunes downloaded; its been there for years. But the computer is always so slow and sometimes it doesn’t work. So I wanted to download it on my laptop since I can get a free download on the iTunes website. If I download it onto my laptop and connect my iPod to the computer, will it get rid of all the songs already on there?
And another question is, will iTunes slow down my laptop immensely?

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mangeons's avatar

When you open up iTunes on a new computer, you can transfer all your purchases to the new library by using a relatively newish feature called iCloud. This transfers every purchase you’ve ever made from the account, when previously you could only transfer what was on your iPod at the time. As a side note, the last time I checked you could not transfer movies that you’ve bought with your account, only music and apps. However, this only transfers purchases from that account. If you’ve put music from CDs you own or anything like that on your iPod, those won’t be transferred and you’ll have to put them back in your library. Another side note: One iTunes account can only be authorized on five different computers. If you want to authorize it on a new computer and you’ve already done it with five others, you’ll have to deauthorize it on an old computer. If you don’t have the computer anymore, you’re pretty much out of luck. Basically, don’t download iTunes on more computers than is necessary, and always deauthorize it on a computer that you won’t be using it on anymore.

As for answering your second question, from prior experience, just having iTunes installed won’t slow your computer down much, if at all. While iTunes is pretty slow when it’s in use (much less so on newer computers), I never experienced a significant change in computer speed just because by downloading iTunes.

Hope this was helpful!

NostalgicChills's avatar

@mangeons It was extremely helpful, thank you! :D
So I download iTunes, then iCloud, and then what?
And how can I download iCloud, and is it free?
Sorry for so many questions.

mangeons's avatar

@NostalgicChills You don’t have to download it, you can access it through iTunes. Also, go back and read my edit about authorizing and deauthorizing, it can cause problems if you don’t know about it.

NostalgicChills's avatar

@mangeons Okay, thanks for your help!

NostalgicChills's avatar

@mangeons I can’t find iCloud on iTunes!

mangeons's avatar

@NostalgicChills Hmm, I’m not on a computer right now so I can’t really look for it. Try going to the link in my first response and see if you can find it. If not, I believe it should be near the bottom of the homepage of iTunes.

NostalgicChills's avatar

@mangeons How do I find iCloud? xD

sneezedisease's avatar

http://tinypic.com/r/2uzeydw/5

I think the purchased section is what mangeons is talking about.
It has an orange label that says “new” next to it. Of course it might not have that label for you.
That’s how I find it anyway.

mangeons's avatar

@NostalgicChills It’s on the home page of iTunes, it’s among the newly released albums a little way down and the little icon is the same same size, just look closely for one of the little tabs that says “iCloud” because it kind of blends in with the others.

mangeons's avatar

Another way to get to it: Under the “store” menu on the left sidebar, click on “Purchases” then at the bottom of that page there should be a little thing that says “Download previous purchases” with a little arrow next to it. Click that and you’ll be able to do it. Hope this all helped!

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