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How to upgrade your iTunes purchases to DRM-free iTunes Plus

Posted by Andru Edwards - Categories: Apple, Features, Music, Software

Earlier today during the keynote, Apple announced that the Store was on the way to completely dropping DRM. As of today, 8,000,000 of the 10,000,000 tracks are now available as DRM-free iTunes Plus tracks, and that even includes music videos. We figured we’d give you a quick look at how you go about upgrading your library of purchased content.

iTunes Plus upgrade

So the first thing you want to do is go to the iTunes Store, and look on the right-hand side. You’ll see “iTunes Plus” as one of the links, with a number next to it. That number represents the number of pieces of content that you have available that can be upgraded. Click on that.

iTunes Plus upgrade

Once you do, you’ll see something similar to the above. You are shown the cost of the upgrade, and the number of tracks, albums, and music videos that it will upgrade as well. Go ahead and hit the “See Details” button.

iTunes Plus upgrade

Now you are shown a page that is completely focused on your upgradeable content. You can look at everything available and make sure everything looks good. If you like it, hit the Buy button. All your upgradeable content that you are updating will be moved to your Trash, and replaced with the higher quality, DRM-free iTunes Plus versions.

iTunes Plus upgrade

Your content will start downloading immediately, and you are all set!

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Yeah, I would remove those songs and then add the new ones - or if you dont care about duplicates, just add the new ones in. Of course, the quickest way is to just auto-sync wink

Steve - you’ll be able to upgrade again when the songs that are not yet available as iTunes Plus tracks are converted smile

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