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Chapter 18. Listening to and Managing Yo... > Adding Music from the iTunes Music S...

Adding Music from the iTunes Music Store to Your iTunes Music Library

The iTunes Music Store is amazing. This store is an online source of hundreds of thousands of songs and albums. You can search and browse for music in which you are interested; then when you find music you want to add to your Library, you can purchase that music and download it with a couple of mouse clicks. Because you access the Music Store from within iTunes, it is convenient to use. And because songs are only 99¢ (and sometimes even less when you purchase albums), adding music from the Music Store is an economical way to build your Library.

What's the Catch?

Because of copyright concerns, there are some limitations on the music you purchase from the iTunes Music Store. Fortunately, these limitations aren't likely to ever be noticeable to you. The only two meaningful restrictions are the following:

You can play music you purchase on only five computers at the same time. The computers on which you play music from the iTunes Music Store must be authorized to play it; you do this by logging in to an iTunes Music Store account on the computer on which you want to play music you have purchased. You can deauthorize a computer when you want to use the music on a different machine, sell it, and so on so it doesn't count against the five-computer limitation.

You can burn the same playlist that contains music you have purchased from the iTunes Music Store onto only seven CDs. However, you can always change the playlist and burn it onto additional discs or add a song to a different playlist to put it onto a CD.



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