If your computer crashed, your best bet is probably to take your hard drive to a recovery service. They'll find your stuff. I'll hazard a guess that Apple will do nothing for you.
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Yes you can. although I dont own a thumb drive I gogled it for you, go to advanced options under your purchased account and "check for purchases" a quote I dug up said....
"What if my Hard drive got erased and I lost ALL of my music." And this is what he emailed back.
Itunes Music Store Says "In the event that a customers entire music library is lost, the iTunes Music Store does re-grant the purchases history. Please keep in mind that Apple does not offer protection against the loss of purchases, so this is a one-time exception."
I hope this helps...............Chad
Read somewhere recently that there is a company who specializes in recovering information off crashed hard drives. Maybe you can Google it to get more info. I know the cost wasn't real cheap but it still may be a good alternative to purchasing all the songs again plus all the time it will take to download them. I am sure that all the other info you lost on your computer is also missed dearly so the price they charge takes on an even better value.
Warren, make sure to back up those songs this time! Maybe burn the music files as data to DVD.
Also, those drive recovery services cost mucho dinero! Much more than the drive itself is worth, because they know drives can be more easily replaced than the precious data on them.
I'm glad Apple is helping you out, because they usually try their best not to.