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[Fixed!] iTunes/Apple Music: This Computer Is Not Authorized

Summary: This post guides you to fix the 'This computer is not authorized.' issue prompted by Apple Music or iTunes with all workable solutions. iBoysoft MagicMenu by the way is recommended as you may need to analyze the space of Apple Music or iTunes and remove some problematic files from it to make it work properly.

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Seeing a "This computer is not authorized." message released by Apple Music or iTunes cannot be a pleasant affair, given that it interrupts your work routine and causes you annoying trouble. In reality, this trouble comes in similar forms yet happens under different scenarios. Here is a collection:

  • This computer is not authorized. You must authorize this computer before you can use Apple Music or iTunes Match on this computer.
    This computer is not authorized
  • Your computer is not authorized. You must authorize this computer from the Account menu before you can download previous purchase.This computer is not authorized
  • This computer had previously been authorized, it has been re-authorized. Including this one, you have authorized 2 computers out of your available 5.This computer had previously been authorized
  • This computer is already authorized. Including this one, you have authorized one computer out of your available 5.This computer is already authorized
  • Your computer is not authorized. You must authorize this computer from the Store menu before you can download previous purchases.Your computer is not authorized
  • This computer is not Authorised. In order to complete this request, you need to authorize this computer. To authorize this computer, go to the iTunes Account menu and select Authorization.This computer is not Authorised
  • This computer is no longer authorized for apps that are installed on the iPhone "xx's iPhone". Would you like to authorize this computer for items purchased from the iTunes Store?
    This computer is no longer authorized for apps that are installed on the iPhone
  • The iPhone "xxx" could not be synced because this computer is no longer authorized for purchased items that are on this iPhone. To authorize this computer for items purchased from the iTunes Store, choose Store > Authorize This Computer.The iPhone could not be synced because this computer is no longer authorized

Looks complex? Take it easy. This post is gonna get Apple Music This computer is not authorized trouble fixed completely. All you have to do is follow this article to perform the solutions provided by it.

Why does iTunes/Apple Music keep asking to authorize my computer?

Several possible reasons may result your computer in repeating to ask for authorization which will be listed here, and you can have a basic overview:

1. Repeated requests to authorize an already authorized computer for store downloads typically indicate you have corrupt to incomplete copies.

2. macOS updates like macOS Sonoma update, macOS Ventura update, and earlier Mac operating systems cause Apple Music/iTunes to lose authorization on your device.

3. Apple Music's (or iTunes's) error or bugs should be blamed for the repeated request for authorization on your Mac computer.

4. You have authorized too many devices and that leaves no available position for your computer to authorize.

5. Apple ID works improperly on your Mac laptop/desktop and leads to the popping authorization request.

More exactly, except that Apple Music always asks to authorize the computer, iTunes also repeats asking to authorize the computer on some old Macs. As we all know Apple replaced iTunes with separate apps for each media type including Apple Music, Books, TV, and Podcasts along with the release of macOS Catalina.

Do not get into a flap concerning these reasons since you can easily fix the 'This Computer is not authorized' by Apple Music. If you find this article informative, please share it with your followers on your social platform!

 

How to fix the iTunes/Apple Music 'This computer is not authorized.' issue on Mac?

To download the previously purchased apps or files including music, videos, books, etc. successfully, we have to make the "This computer is not authorized" message disappear. Here, this post provides all possible solutions which allow you to choose from.

Quick fixes to resolve 'This computer is not authorized' on Apple Music or iTunes:

Fix 1: Analyze the space of Apple Music

Fix 2: Check the Apple ID account

Fix 3: Deauthorize useless and unwanted devices

Fix 4: Log in with an admin account

Fix 5: Delete and re-download the item that won't play

Fix 6: Delete the SC Info folder

Fix 7: Reinstall iTunes

Analyze the space of Apple Music

Mac operating system indeed allows you to view the Storage condition on your device, yet it is a summary of all installed applications and their associated files, you have no path to see the storage usage condition of each app separately. 

iBoysoft MagicMenu sets a path for you to view a separate app's storage usage and allows you to remove its contained files with ease. You can apply it to know Apple Music's files and remove the troublesome ones.

 

Analyze Apple Music's Space

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft MagicMenu on your computer. This process takes tens of seconds.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft MagicMenu and download the Space Analyze extension by searching it in the top right corner.

Step 3: Open Finder > Applications > Music > Right-click it to select Space Analyze on the dropdown menu.

How to fix the This computer is not authorized issue on Mac

Step 4: Wait for iBoysoft to respond with the details of the content file where you can click to know what they are.

Step 5: Drag the contents to the green circle and click Delete to move them all at once. This tool is also applicable for you to free up storage space on Macintosh HD, including the system data that you can not clean in About This Mac > Storage > Manage.

How to fix the This computer is not authorized issue on Mac

If you received "This computer is not authorized." prompted by iTunes, follow the steps mentioned above to remove any problematic files in iTunes directly.

Check the Apple ID account

Once your Apple ID goes wrong or the device you're running isn't verified with Apple ID logged in, it has an impact on the purchased items on your Music or other apps included in iTunes. You ought to check the Apple ID:

  1. Click the Apple menu, go to System Settings, and then go to Apple ID.
  2. Under the Devices section, check to confirm whether you've registered your computer. If not, log in straightforwardly.How to fix the This computer is not authorized issue on Mac
  3. If you find something wrong there, log out of your Apple ID and re-login to isolate the error.

Deauthorize useless and unwanted devices

Apple Music or iTunes has a limitation for available devices, you fail to authorize your computer if verified device numbers reach the limitation already. You therefore have to remove the useless device first.

  1. Open Music on your computer.
  2. Account > Account Settings.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID account and look for Computer Authorizations.
  4. Tap Deauthorize All and add your current computer to it.How to fix the This computer is not authorized issue on Mac

Now we need to authorize this computer to use Apple Music as you wish:

  1. Open Apple Music (or iTunes), go to Authorization > Authorize this computer.How to fix the This computer is not authorized issue on Mac
  2. Quit Apple Music and re-launch it for a seamless experience.

Log in with an admin account

Admin account means that you get all access to your Mac computer, including the purchased items in Apple Music or iTunes.

You can check if you're logged in with an admin account here:

Apple menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups > then find if the account you're logged in shows Admin under its name.

How to fix the This computer is not authorized issue on Mac

If you're not using an admin account, switch to it: Apple Menu > Log Out xxx(account name). After that, log into the admin account right now!

Delete and re-download the item that won't play

You can remove the items like songs, videos, books, or more that refuse your access from your device and download them again.

Step 1: Open Apple Music or iTunes and locate the item that denies your access.

Step 2: Control-click it or them and select Delete From Library in the dropdown menu.

How to fix the This computer is not authorized issue on Mac

Step 3: To re-download an item, you can download or add the file to your computer. Then, double-tap on it. The Apple Music app should open, and you can play your track again.

Delete the SC info folder

The SC info folder contains all authorization details of your iTunes account. Deleting it from your Mac will make the pre-installed Apple Music/iTunes get ready for the next work routine.

Please follow the steps below carefully and do not delete the file mistakenly.

Step 1: Launch Terminal and run the following command line to make the files show up. Don't forget to hit Enter to make it run.

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

Step 2: Type the following command and hit Enter again.

killall Finder

How to fix the This computer is not authorized issue on Mac

These two command lines will make the SC Info visible in Finder.

Step 3: Open Finder > Go > Go to Folder > /Users/Shared.

How to fix the This computer is not authorized issue on Mac

Step 4: Navigate SC Info in the Finder window and then drag it to Mac Trash.

How to fix the This computer is not authorized issue on Mac

Step 5: Relaunch Apple Music or iTunes and I bet "This computer is not authorized." will not come out anymore!

Reinstall iTunes

This method is only applicable to the ones who receive "This computer is not authorized" prompted by iTunes frequently, given that Apple Music does not support a removal from Mac.

Note that this complete uninstallation will reset iTunes to its default state when it comes with your Mac, and you will have blank playlists and an empty music library. So you'd better make a full backup previously.

Step 1: Go to Finder, select Applications, and double-click the Utilities folder.

Step 2: Launch Activity Monitor from the Utilities folder.

Step 3: In Activity Monitor, double-click iTunesHelper. In the window that opens, click Quit.

Step 4: Boot your device into macOS Recovery Mode based on your computer processor (Intel or Apple Silicon).

Step 5: Select Utilities > Terminal to open Terminal in macOS Recovery Mode.

Step 6: Type the command line below and press the Return key to disable the System Integrity Protection.

csrutil disable

 Note: Disabling SIP puts your Mac at a considerably higher risk of malware/virus attack.

Step 7: Type the command line below and press Return to mount the folder as writable.

sudo mount -uw/System/Applications

How to fix the This computer is not authorized issue on Mac

Step 8: Enter your Mac administrator password to proceed.

Step 9: Type the following command line and press Return to delete iTunes.

sudo rm -rf iTunes.app/

Step 10: Restart your Mac.

Step 11: Boot into macOS Recovery mode and enable SIP to secure your Mac.

Step 12: Launch Terminal, type the command line below, and press the Return key to enable System Integrity Protection.

csrutil enable

Now you can reinstall iTunes on your computer one more time:

  1. Download the latest version of iTunes 12.8.3 here.
  2. Launch the installer and follow this instruction on your screen.How to fix the This computer is not authorized issue on Mac

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Final words

The "This computer is not authorized" notification is so common that many users have reported experiencing that in various scenarios online, it can happen on books, songs, videos, apps, etc purchased on iPhone or iPad yet deny your access on the Mac end. 

Luckily, this article offers you all workable solutions to make this notification vanish and access Apple Music or iTunes with no obstacles. If you're trapped in this question also, do not hesitate and try the fixes in this post!

FAQ about iTunes/Apple Music 'This computer is not authorized'

A

In the Books app on your Mac, choose Account > Authorisations > Authorise This Computer.

A

1. Open the Apple TV app.
2. In the menu bar, choose Account and make sure that you're signed in with your Apple ID.
3. Choose Account > Authorizations, then choose Authorize This Computer or Deauthorize This Computer.
4. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.

A

1. Open the Apple Music app or Apple TV app.
2. Choose Account > Authorizations, then choose Authorize This Computer or Deauthorize This Computer.
3. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
4. Click Authorize or Deauthorize