Ok I re read the op question. I have misunderstood the question, Please disregard, however I have found this which might help you.
What’s a person to do when their hard drive crashes, and they lose all of the songs that they purchased from iTunes? There is no option to re-download all of your iTunes purchases offered through either iTunes or the Apple website. However, while you may get chastised for not backing up your iTunes library (which you will do from now on, right?), it is possible to redownload all of your iTunes songs purchased through iTunes again, and restore your iTunes purchases.
First, it’s important to understand that Apple has a policy of not letting people download iTunes music purchases more than once per purchase, and that undoubtedly has to do with royalties that they have to pay on each download. So you get to download the song that you purchase through iTunes exactly once.
And Apple strongly urges you (and rightly so) to backup your iTunes library (and of course you should always make a regular backup of all of your data).
But, shift happens, and what can you do if, somehow, you lose your only copies of the songs that you have downloaded through iTunes?
Well, as it happens, Apple isn’t heartless, and they do have a way for you to recover those songs that you purchased and downloaded through iTunes.
But first, you have to make absolutely sure that you don’t have any copies, anywhere.
Once you are really sure that those iTunes songs are gone, you can fill out a form at the Apple site, and explain your situation, and, as likely as not, they will very quickly flip a switch on your iTunes account, so that the next time you log into the iTunes store with the iTunes program, you’ll find that your iTunes selections are ready for you to download again.
Just don’t abuse it, and for goodness sakes, backup your hard drive!
Form to request to download iTunes purchases again
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Movies, not music.
No need to go to all that trouble for music. If you don't have iClouds beta now, when iClouid does come along for real you'll be able to download all you music and most TV shows again, free of charge. However there is no indication of movies at this point, and no guarantee they will be included later.
I think you (macsure) have misunderstood my situation! I havent deleted them yet and it was just a query if I do is it a simple case of re downloading for free IF I wanted to watch it in the future, apple would benefit so much better if you could delete the content of movies you don't plan on watching for a while and keep the cover in the video library. I know I would download a lot more movies on my apple products instead of renting them from movie stores, maybe it should be suggested! Apple are always improving and personally I think that's a big improvement, don't know bout you guys?
Apple would like to offer movies this way, but the movie industry has balked, at least according to stuff I've read.
Originally Posted by pettit1988
What a shame, I think it would be so much better
As I mentioned before, I haven't got access to my MacBook! I'm talking bout my iPad, unless there's a way to back things up direct from my iPad to an external hard drive?