I bought and downloaded a song in iTunes on a PC of mine. I never synced it to my iPhone. Well, I got a new computer, and no long have the old one. I think there might be a problem now.

Here is what happens when I click Check For Available Downloads in iTunes: All purchases have been downloaded for this account.

And here is what happens when I click on buy, for the song in the iTunes Store: You have purchased this item before.

Is this a case of a badly worded dialog? I've seen something like this before in the App Store when I needed to reinstall a paid app. In that case I "bought" the app again, the second time without being charged.

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    What country are you in and which iTunes store do you buy from? In some countries (such as Australia) music cannot be re-downloaded. Only apps and books can be re-downloaded. Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 1:01
  • This is happening in the Japanese store. Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 5:21

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Unfortunately this is the expected behaviour. Re-download of music is not supported. You have a only a few options:

  • Wait for iCloud to become available for Japan. Currently Automatic Downloads for Music is only available in the US. Once it is eneblaed internationally you can enable it as Hand-E-Food described in his answer.
  • E-Mail Apple support and tell them you lost the music due to an hardware-crash or something similar. There are reports that Apple support allows re-downloads of your complete purchase history. But this is a one time offer and a courtesy of Apple.
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    Getting support went well. My "personal" rep added the song to my account, and upon checking for available downloads again, there it was. Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 14:49

In iTunes 10.3.3 or later, select Edit, Preferences, Store. Under Automatic Downloads you can select which categories to automatically download. If Music isn't an option, then you'll have to transfer your library manually. I suspect Music is only an option in the US.

See iTues Store Support for more information.

  • FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF. Wow, besides specifically saying that you can download previously purchased music, reading on into the footnotes, it says it's only supported in the US. support.apple.com/kb/HT2519?viewlocale=ja_JP#1 Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 7:24

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