Why is my Mac not authorized to play Music?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

I’ve had a similar issue with my Mac not being authorized to play iTunes or Apple Music tracks before, so I understand how frustrating it can be. Here are a few steps you can try to resolve the issue:

1. Check your Apple ID: First, make sure you’re using the correct Apple ID that is associated with your iTunes and Apple Music account. Sometimes, if you accidentally sign in with a different Apple ID, your computer won’t be authorized to play the tracks.

2. Authorize your computer: Once you’ve confirmed you’re using the right Apple ID, you need to authorize your machine to use iTunes and Apple Music. To do this, open iTunes and go to the “Account” menu. From there, select “Authorization” and then “Authorize This Computer.” Enter your Apple ID and password when prompted, and your computer should now be authorized to play the tracks.

3. Delete and re-download the songs: If you’re still having trouble playing certain tracks, it’s possible that the files may be corrupted. In this case, delete the songs from your library and then download them again from the iTunes Store or Apple Music. This should ensure you have a fresh copy of the tracks that should play without any issues.

4. Uninstall and reinstall iTunes and Apple Music: If none of the above steps work, you may need to uninstall and reinstall iTunes and Apple Music. This can help resolve any software-related issues that could be causing the authorization problem. To uninstall the applications, simply drag the iTunes and Apple Music icons from the Applications folder to the Trash. Then, download the latest versions of iTunes and Apple Music from the Apple website and install them again.

By following these steps, you should be able to resolve the issue of your Mac not being authorized to play iTunes or Apple Music tracks. If you’re still experiencing difficulties, it may be worth contacting Apple Support for further assistance.