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Howdy,

 

When Apple created the iTunes Music Store I jumped on the bandwagon and used my G4 Quicksilver, running OS x 10.4, to purchase many songs. Unfortunately, due to the latest iTunes (version 12) not being able to run on my G4 I am now at a loss as to figuring out how to re-authorize my Power Mac so that I can play the music I paid for. The latest version of iTunes I can run on my Mac is version 9, but all it does is time out trying to access the store.

 

I was just wondering if anyone has found a way to authorize music on older Apple hardware?

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Okay,

 

Well it appears that installing the last version of iTunes that worked on my hardware (version 9.2.1) did it. Apparently the version of iTunes 9 I tried before didn't make the cut. I can now access the store and authorize my music.

 

Hopefully this post can help others.

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Well, this new version of iTunes... my wife upgraded her Iphone 5s to the latest IOs software (she purchased an Apple watch and in order to have it working properly was advised to do so)

 

Just after that, the Touch ID didn't worked anymore, and from time to time the Iphone turned itself off.

 

I tried a reset, but didn't improved.

 

Ok, no problem, i will connect it to iTunes for a factory reset i thought, just to discover that iTunes will not work anymore with her phone !!!

 

Not wanted to spoil your post....

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Interesting bibilit,

 

Are you going to try and reinstall the previous IOs version and see if that corrects the problem?

 

 

Well, this new version of iTunes... my wife upgraded her Iphone 5s to the latest IOs software (she purchased an Apple watch and in order to have it working properly was advised to do so)

 

Just after that, the Touch ID didn't worked anymore, and from time to time the Iphone turned itself off.

 

I tried a reset, but didn't improved.

 

Ok, no problem, i will connect it to iTunes for a factory reset i thought, just to discover that iTunes will not work anymore with her phone !!!

 

Not wanted to spoil your post....

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Oh That's Right,

 

I read a while back about Apple making that change IPalindromel. I just need to figure out how to do it. It would seem that all I download are the DRM versions.

 

 

Authorize another machine, and download the music on that. There's no DRM on the songs anymore, so you can just copy the entire library over.

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Okay,

 

So according to this article from USA Today, the DRM free option was something called iTunes Plus and you had to pay for each DRM song to be modified. This option is no longer available. Now Apple has iTunes Match but that has an annual fee. It's a darn shame Apple didn't make changing your songs over a free option. :(

 

Authorize another machine, and download the music on that. There's no DRM on the songs anymore, so you can just copy the entire library over.

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Okay,

 

So I've got a Windows 8.1 machine running the latest iTunes (12.5). Using the iTunes Music Store, I've removed it's authorization to play my purchased music. And I've removed everything but one song from it (which I downloaded before removing authorization), which has left me with the cloud downloading icons next to each of the missing songs in iTunes.

 

Now when I try to download one of the missing songs, iTunes informs me that I need to authorize this computer before I can download it. And when I try to actually play the one song I left on the system, it tells me the exact same thing. So it appears to me that my purchased music is still bound by DRM.

 

The one downloaded song remaining on my system shows its bit rate at 128k. Aren't bitrate Plus versions of songs at a higher bit rate?

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Another idea: Upgrade to Leopard, use iTunes 10. I understand if you don't want to, but I find Leopard to usually be a good choice over Tiger. It supports more software, you get access to LeopardRebirth, and iTunes 10 works perfectly with the store. I understand if you don't want to upgrade, but I think Leopard is worth trying on a second partition.

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You absolutely have to authorize the computer to download still, but when you redownload, it should download 256kbps "Purchased Music" .m4a files instead of 128kbps "Protected Music" .m4p files. Any previously downloaded protected tracks will still be protected, you would need to redownload to get the unprotected ones.

 

Also, I have noticed that a couple of my protected albums disappeared from the store since I bought them, so aren't available to redownload unprotected at all.

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Well,

 

I'm going with the idea that I'm stuck with the DRM versions of these songs, and that's fine. I am able to play them all, so that's good enough for me right now. And since I'll eventually convert all my music to MP3 format anyway, I won't have to deal with this issue in the future.

 

I want to say that I appreciate everyone's input on the topic. All of it helped me to learn more about something, and that's really all that matters.

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