iTunes 10.3 now available with iCloud beta

Apple has now released the iTunes 10.3 update that includes the much hyped iTunes in the Cloud beta.

iCloud, the much-rumoured cloud streaming service, was introduced by Apple yesterday at the Worldwide Developer Conference. Steve Jobs took to the stage at Moscone West to show off the new service, described by Jobs' famous tagline as "It just works."

The idea, Jobs explained, was that the PC as the media hub is an outdated model. "Keeping devices in sync is driving us crazy," Jobs said. With iCloud, Apple plans to move the focus towards "the cloud". iPhones, iPads and the like can all sync with the cloud. Content is uploaded, downloaded and pushed to all of your devices automatically.

Click here for a full run-down of the features in iCloud, or here for how you can make your non-purchased (ripped) music library "legal" for just $24.99.

What's new in iTunes 10.3

 Introducing iTunes in the Cloud beta. The music you purchase in iTunes appears automatically on all your devices. You can also download your past iTunes purchases. Where you want, when you want. 

  • Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices. 
  • Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music purchases again at no additional cost. Your purchases are available in the iTunes Store on your Mac or in the iTunes app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.

iTunes 10.3 also adds Books to the iTunes Store, where you can discover and buy your favorite books on your computer and automatically download them to iBooks on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

This version also allows you to use Automatic Downloads with apps and books or download previously purchased apps and books from your computer or iOS device.

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unfortunately OTA stuff syncing isn't exactly hard specially if using android or even as mentioned Zune being able to do it and probably WP7 eventually if not currently.

So this is a 'hosted' syncing service, so we no longer have to deal with syncing?

Really? Does anyone else twitch a little bit when logic is applied?


Apple, one word for ya... Zune

According to this report :

Apple Launches iTunes Beta with iCloud Support

...But naturally there's a catch: only iOS 4.3.3 users and up have access to the iCloud service. That means the iPhone 3GS, the GSM version of the iPhone 4 (CDMA not included), and the 3rd and 4th generation iPod Touch devices support the service. Everything else is obsolete. That's a shame since a good chunk of Apple consumers are still holding on to their 2nd generation iPod Touch or earlier iPhone devices....

..To get the iCloud benefits up and running before the official launch, users will need to install the iOS 4.3.3 and download the iTunes 10.3 beta . This version also includes iBookstore for PC and Mac too.

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/iC...itunes-10.3,news-11439.html

I can't figure out how to automatically download previous purchases. I have tried the Store menu, visiting the store itself, even checking iPod options -- but no go. Anyone know how this can be done? I have checked my purchase history and they're all there (everything, including most recent).

Educated Idiot said,
I can't figure out how to automatically download previous purchases. I have tried the Store menu, visiting the store itself, even checking iPod options -- but no go. Anyone know how this can be done? I have checked my purchase history and they're all there (everything, including most recent).

Maybe you have to redownload like you do with apps. Just pick a 99 cent song and see if it charges you. I remember that you had to do that with the apps if you had already purchased them

Educated Idiot said,
I can't figure out how to automatically download previous purchases. I have tried the Store menu, visiting the store itself, even checking iPod options -- but no go. Anyone know how this can be done? I have checked my purchase history and they're all there (everything, including most recent).

On my iPhone (iOS 4.3.3) I can re-download apps previously downloaded and not present on the iPhone. These apps appear with an icon of a cloud with a arrow.

alexalex said,

On my iPhone (iOS 4.3.3) I can re-download apps previously downloaded and not present on the iPhone. These apps appear with an icon of a cloud with a arrow.

p.s I can do the same in iTunes 10.3.0.54 (Windows). There is a new "purchased" entry on the right which will allow re-downloading and iCloud downloading.

MrSB said,
I'm guessing Itunes Match is not included in the beta?

You are correct. This service will be launched in the Autumn.

Has anyone found out how to redownload previously bought music? I couldn't find any option, and going to the song using iTunes makes you buy the song again....

Islander said,
Has anyone found out how to redownload previously bought music? I couldn't find any option, and going to the song using iTunes makes you buy the song again....

It's a US-only feature at the moment.

bbfc_uk said,

It's a US-only feature at the moment.

Yes, people around here seriously need to learn to read. This has been stated over and over again.

roadwarrior said,

Yes, people around here seriously need to learn to read. This has been stated over and over again.

Well, they didn't say it in the keynote and it's not in the main articles about that service either. So where has it been stated?

Islander said,

Well, they didn't say it in the keynote and it's not in the main articles about that service either. So where has it been stated?

On the footnote of the iTunes website, and these iTunes iCloud features are only listed on the US Apple site.

After just moving to a Windows phone, im very happy to say I no longer have to deal with that crappy Itunes software... Dont get me wrong, I loved my 3GS phone.. The best phone I have had I would say till now... But the software I had to use in order to update it or do anything with my phone was horrible..

windows95isg8 said,
After just moving to a Windows phone, im very happy to say I no longer have to deal with that crappy Itunes software... Dont get me wrong, I loved my 3GS phone.. The best phone I have had I would say till now... But the software I had to use in order to update it or do anything with my phone was horrible..

Joke's on you then. iOS 5 will no longer require you to connect your iPhone to a PC for updates (or even to set it up). And contrary to the early rumors, iOS 5 will work on the 3GS.

roadwarrior said,

Joke's on you then. iOS 5 will no longer require you to connect your iPhone to a PC for updates (or even to set it up). And contrary to the early rumors, iOS 5 will work on the 3GS.

Not really, your still need Itunes for putting music on the phone and the like....

windows95isg8 said,

Not really, your still need Itunes for putting music on the phone and the like....

Not really. There are third party software apps that do what iTunes does.

$25 a year to make your pirated music collection legal? Not a bad deal. I can see why they had to sign all those major labels now.

AFineFrenzy said,
$25 a year to make your pirated music collection legal? Not a bad deal. I can see why they had to sign all those major labels now.

Its like buying indulgences.

Certain parts of the iCloud service are available, not the entire service. Also the ability to download purchased music onto any iDevice is limited to the US only at the moment.

Mohitster said,
Can they please change iTunes logo.....the more I see it, the more I hate it!! and I really can't help it!!

Will probably change to a Note with a Cloud behind it. Apple, you're welcome!

Mohitster said,
Can they please change iTunes logo.....the more I see it, the more I hate it!! and I really can't help it!!

I wish they would change its NAME, and other terms they use!
I listen to classical music and opera. To call a movement of a Bruckner symphony, or the Rite of Spring, a "tune" or a "song" just makes me shudder.
Others may feel the same about e.g. speech-only MP3s. They're not "songs"! What's wrong with the more generic and content-neutral "track"?

Can anyone who has iOS 5 can check it out if SMS got delivery receipt option ?

Apple seems implemented it into new iMessage however this is one of the main features MIA in SMS app.

yodat said,
Can anyone who has iOS 5 can check it out if SMS got delivery receipt option ?

Apple seems implemented it into new iMessage however this is one of the main features MIA in SMS app.


Wasn't that one of the main features they mentioned about the messaging update, can't check but pretty sure they talked about that.

Leonick said,

Wasn't that one of the main features they mentioned about the messaging update, can't check but pretty sure they talked about that.

Well they mentioned it but it was all about iMessage. They didn't tell anything about SMS. iMessage is just an IM client implementation and that's why i'm looking for a confirmation who actually have hands on.

This is the single most important feature missing from SMS app imo...

yodat said,

Well they mentioned it but it was all about iMessage. They didn't tell anything about SMS. iMessage is just an IM client implementation and that's why i'm looking for a confirmation who actually have hands on.

This is the single most important feature missing from SMS app imo...

Well my mobile network now charges 1p for delivery receipts so I have no need for them. But they are useful!

yodat said,
Can anyone who has iOS 5 can check it out if SMS got delivery receipt option ?

Apple seems implemented it into new iMessage however this is one of the main features MIA in SMS app.

Delivery receipts are for iMessage messages only. I have it turned on and I haven't received any receipts because nobody else I've been texting has iOS5 yet. I guess once it's fully rolled out it will be less of an issue being iMessage only

DomZ said,

Delivery receipts are for iMessage messages only. I have it turned on and I haven't received any receipts because nobody else I've been texting has iOS5 yet. I guess once it's fully rolled out it will be less of an issue being iMessage only

Thx for letting now...

Julius Caro said,
back in the day this would have warranted a version number bump to at least itunes 12.

Back in the days? Don't you mean in these days, these days of Google Chrome (and soon Firefox) making a few minor tweaks and bumping up the version number

Leonick said,

Back in the days? Don't you mean in these days, these days of Google Chrome (and soon Firefox) making a few minor tweaks and bumping up the version number

LOL, yeah, but I guess the under-the-hood features make sense for those.
iTunes jumped from to 4.x to 6.x in like a month back in the day.

Note for Windows 64 bit users - the download link is a bit further down under the Windows Software heading on the left.

Plarkster said,
Note for Windows 64 bit users - the download link is a bit further down under the Windows Software heading on the left.

Yeah, I noticed they've been doing that since the previous update. No idea why, there was nothing wrong with it before.

richardsim7 said,
OH so the iCloud Beta is for everyone? I thought it was for developers

Not really, don't know why they all write about icloud beta the only thing you get is a small part of it all, you can set it (on itunes on computer and ios) so that if you buy an app, a book or music on one device they will automatically download on devices set for it.
There should be automatic app update downloading.
Then there is the part where you can see and redownload previous purchases that's about it.

Leonick said,

Not really, don't know why they all write about icloud beta the only thing you get is a small part of it all, you can set it (on itunes on computer and ios) so that if you buy an app, a book or music on one device they will automatically download on devices set for it.
There should be automatic app update downloading.
Then there is the part where you can see and redownload previous purchases that's about it.

Also if you want to try stuff like photostream, your going to need iOS5 which is only for developers at the moment