Pre-ordering items from the iTunes Store

If an item isn’t yet available, you may be able to pre-order it and then download it when it becomes available.

Here are ways to pre-order items from the iTunes Store:

  • To pre-order an item, click the Pre-order button next to the item. When the item is available for download, you receive an email notice. You are not charged for the item until you download it.

  • To download a pre-ordered item, click the link in the email notice or open iTunes and choose Store > Check for Available Downloads.

  • To view, cancel, or see the expected release dates for pending pre-orders, choose Store > View My Account and then click Manage Pre-orders.

When you pre-order an item, you may not be able to download it at the exact moment it becomes available for regular purchase. You’ll receive an email the same day to let you know when you can download the item.

Some albums or collections you can pre-order include a song available immediately. When you pre-order these albums, the available song is downloaded and you are charged only for that song. When you download the rest of the album (after you are notified it’s available), you are charged for the rest.

Related Topics

Signing in or out of the iTunes Store

Using Wish List in the iTunes Store

Pre-ordering items from the iTunes Store