iTunes: Find Your Purchased Music

By Dan Hinckley

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While iTunes does a great job of keeping track of all the music that you’ve purchased on both your Mac and your iPod/iPhone with its Purchased Playlists, it doesn’t include any purchased music that you’ve restored from backup CDs or that you may have imported into your music library another way.


I know that I was extremely disappointed the first time I imported in all my music files to iTunes after a fresh install and found NOTHING listed in my Purchased playlist.

Luckily, iTunes lets you create your own Smart playlists so you can filter through your library and find all the music you’ve purchased on the iTunes music store.

Custom Previously Purchased Music Playlist

To rebuild a purchased music playlist you’ll need to:

  1. Create a new Smart Playlist.
  2. Check Match “ANY” of the following rules:
  3. Set the first rule to “Kind” “Contains” and then type in “Protected AAC audio file”
  4. Since Apple announced iTunes Plus files you’ll need to also add another rule with “Kind” “Contains” and type in “Purchased AAC audio file”
  5. Check the Live updating Box and click OK
Smart Playlist.png

Your newly created smart Previously Purchased Music Playlist should now appear under your playlists. Selecting it should display all the music you’ve purchased on iTunes.

About Dan Hinckley
Dan Hinckley is an experienced Mac user who converted to Apple products when they introduced them on Intel Processors. He loves helping others get more out of their devices! Subscribe to to get the latest from Dan and the Maciverse Team!! Find out more about Dan:

10 Responses so far.

  1. Maciverse » Blog Archive » “We’re Number 1″: Says iTunes

    June 21, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    [...] iTunes: Find Your Purchased Music [...]

  2. herman king

    May 16, 2009 at 9:09 am

    find my all purchased music history

  3. herman king

    May 16, 2009 at 9:12 am

    how to get purchased music history

  4. AJ Quick

    May 18, 2009 at 4:07 pm


  5. Jess

    August 30, 2009 at 7:12 am

    i tried everything you said and i still can't find my songs.

  6. Dan

    August 30, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Jess – did you upgrade your library to iTunes Plus? If so you'll need to look just for Purchased AAC audio File.

  7. Page

    December 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    i updated my ipod and and i backed it up when it was finished every thing WAS GONE ! . all i really want is my music but i purchased all my music on my ipod. so is there any way i can get my music back ?

    • andrew

      February 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      i have the exact same problem, i dont know were to find my music its pissing me off

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    February 20, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Superb posting. Hope you jot down extra around the subject quickly.

  9. MPD

    January 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you so much! This was really helpful and worked like a charm!

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