I thought I was a fairly knowledgeable iTunes user, but I discovered an iTunes feature I'll call new. Perhaps it was always there in one form or another, I just do not know.
I had a disaster; my iPod crashed and I decided to wipe it and start over. Not sure what happened, it just died.
When I synced it to iTunes, I noticed on the right side of the iTunes screen, there was a New Feature. Either it was always there or it is indeed new, I do not know.
Anyway, I followed the link and iTunes showed me every app and song I downloaded since my first iPod and iTunes DL. There was an app section, a book section, an app section, etc.
Stuff I lost or deleted ages ago was available for DL, including the free crap. I think this is a iCloud feature because Apple uses the iCloud icon for buttons.
I'll tell you this, I lost music I did not want to loose and after scouring the web for help about re-downloading the music I paid for from iTunes,. I gave up; apparently, there was no way to recover the music. This may or may not be true, however. Perhaps Apple has always made the stuff you paid for available in case of crashes.
So is this indeed a new feature?