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In iTunes, I have purchased some apps and books that are very large in size.

I only purchased them in order to own them, taking advantage of a temporary low price, but I don't plan to use them any time soon.

My internet connection is not very fast and those downloads would take hours.

After purchasing I stopped the download but iTunes will try to download them again when it finds a chance to do so.

I have even deleted the downloads from the downloading list.

But every once in a while iTunes begins to download these gigantic apps/books again.

How can I tell iTunes not to download these purchases EVER unless I explicitly tell otherwise ?

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Email iTunes Customer Support - http://www.apple.com/support/itunes/contact/

Request them to 'clear your iTunes download queue'.

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You're better off just letting them download overnight. It'll take a couple of days to get iTunes support to clear the download queue.

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Did you check the iTunes Settings (CMD-,) > Store dialog. There are two options at the top:

  • Check for new downloads automatically
  • Download pre-purchased items automatically
  • It will keep adding newly purchased items to the downloads queue no matter what settings you have, until they are downloaded. – Kirk McElhearn Feb 20 '13 at 9:37
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The solution seem to be to stubbornly cancel the download every time you see it happening. After many times, somewhere in the Big Apple Mother Ship a sentient entity decided to stop trying.

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