Download Movies from the iTunes Movie Store

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Follow these simple instructions to learn how to download movies from the iTunes Store.

Download and Install iTunes

If you don't already have iTunes installed on your computer, you'll need to get the free download and install it on your computer. iTunes is available for Mac or PC, and the website will automatically detect which version you need. Simply click the "Download iTunes Free" button to download the iTunes installer. Once it's finished downloading, open the installer and follow its prompts to start iTunes on your computer.

Create Your iTunes Account

You must have iTunes already installed on your computer. To create your iTunes account, make sure your computer right-click to the internet. Then click "Store" in the upper left corner of the iTunes window. Choose "Create Account" from the drop-down menu. iTunes will access the online iTunes store, and a user agreement will load into your iTunes window. Read the agreement, then click "I Agree" to continue. Next, enter your email address, a password, your birthday and a secret question in case you forget your password into the boxes provided.

Enter Your Billing Information

Now you will be prompted to enter your billing information so that iTunes can charge you for your purchases. Enter your credit card type, card number, expiration date and the security code on the back of your card. Then, enter your billing address. Click "Done" to finish creating your account and access the iTunes store. You are now able to download music, movies and more from the iTunes store.

Navigate the iTunes Store

The first thing you'll want to do is navigate to the Movies section of the iTunes store. To do this, click the "Movies" link in the box titled "iTunes STORE" in the upper left of the iTunes store window. Now you can see what's new in the iTunes store, browse by genre or category, and see the most popular titles listed. At any time you can go back to the previous page by clicking the small black backward arrow button displayed at the top left of the iTunes Store window.

Browse Movies

The iTunes Store has hundreds of movies, so tracking down the one you want can be difficult. If you'd like to browse by title, click the "All Movies" link in the "Categories" box on the left side of the page. This will display a list of all available movies. To sort them alphabetically by movie name, go to the "Sort By" box in the upper right corner and select "Name" from the drop-down menu. iTunes will report them automatically.

View Movie Information

To get more information about a movie before buying it, such as a plot summary, the director, the release date, and so on, click on the title of the movie or the thumbnail image next to it. This page will give you tons of details about the movie, including a button you can click to view the trailer if it's available, as well as customer reviews and related titles.

Use the Search Function

If you know what movie you're looking for, you can enter a keyword from the title into the Search box in your iTunes window. When you're connected to the iTunes store, the Search box returns results from the iTunes store only, instead of from the media that's already in your iTunes library. However, if you enter a keyword, the iTunes store will return ALL results with that keyword, including music, TV shows, and so on. Click "Movies" in the light blue menu bar running across the top of the window to display only search results that are movies or short films.

Purchase and Download Movie

You can purchase a movie at any time by clicking the gray "Buy Movie" button next to the title. When you click "Buy Movie" a window will pop up asking if you're sure you want to buy the movie. When you click Yes, iTunes charges your credit card for the purchase and the movie begins to download immediately. When your movie starts to download, you will see a little green page icon called "Downloads" appear under "Store" in the left-hand menu column of your iTunes window. Click on this to see the progress of your download. It will tell you how much has downloaded and how much time is left before the movie is complete.

Watch Your Movie

To watch your movie, go to Store>Purchased in the left-hand menu bar of your iTunes window. Click on the downloaded movie title and press the "Play" button as you would play an audio track. The movie will start playing in the "Now Playing" box in the bottom left corner. Double-click on this window and the movie will open in a separate window. To make it full screen, right-click (PCs) or control+click (Macs) and select "Full Screen" from the list that appears to enter full-screen mode. To exit full-screen mode, press escape. You do not have to be connected to the internet to watch your movie.

Keeping Track of Your Purchase

As a receipt for your purchase, the iTunes store will send an email to the email address you indicated when you created your iTunes account. This email will contain details of the transaction and act as a record of your purchase. It may look like a bill, but it isn't – iTunes charges your credit card automatically when you purchase the movie.