iTunes 10.5 Released

Apple today released iTunes 10.5 for both Windows and Mac users. The new version of iTunes contains a number of new features such as iTunes in the cloud which stores all of your music and TV purchases online and are accessible on your Mac/Windows/iOS devices any time you want them.

Another new feature is Wi-Fi Syncing which lets you sync your iOS device with iTunes whenever they are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network, a feature that many users have been hoping would get added for some time.

iTunes 10.5 is also required to update your iOS devices to iOS 5 which is set for release sometime tomorrow. iCloud is expected to go live either later today or tomorrow when Apple release updates to both Mac OS X and iOS. The full list of new features can be seen below:

  • iTunes in the Cloud. iTunes now stores your music and TV purchases in iCloud and makes them available on your devices anywhere, any time, at no additional cost.
    • 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, TV, app, and book purchases again, at no additional cost. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.
  • Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.
  • Wi-Fi Syncing. Automatically sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes any time they're both on the same Wi-Fi network.

You can download iTunes 10.5 via the official iTunes site, or via Apple Software update on both the Mac and Windows.

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Anyone else out there using the 3G having issues? I've updated and now my phone won't come up in iTunes. I've reinstalled the drivers for the phone and iTunes. Nothing seems to be working.

i signed up for 2gb with at&t with my ipad2 and i do not even come close to that limit every month, but i have a month by month agreement. i of course have wifi available for me as well.i just cannot wait for ios5 and all of its new features for i use my ipad2 to travel back and forth to sf and ga.

Have problems loading my shared music from my HP MediaSmart Server since update. It doesn't actually connect to server, just sticks on Loading "HP MediaSmart Server"...

Grrr, what is the point in releasing 10.5 today if they weren't giving us iOS 5 along with it.. I was all excited thinking they had released iOS 5 early..

statm1 said,
Grrr, what is the point in releasing 10.5 today if they weren't giving us iOS 5 along with it.. I was all excited thinking they had released iOS 5 early..

Spreads the load a bit.

statm1 said,
Grrr, what is the point in releasing 10.5 today if they weren't giving us iOS 5 along with it.. I was all excited thinking they had released iOS 5 early..

Indeed. Great, now I can NOT wirelessly sync anything because there's no OS support for it yet. Which means this is a non-feature update. 8P

statm1 said,
Grrr, what is the point in releasing 10.5 today if they weren't giving us iOS 5 along with it.. I was all excited thinking they had released iOS 5 early..

Maybe to lessen the load on their servers? Since iTunes 10.5 is required in order to update to iOS 5, they can now spread the load out a little more by releasing the iTunes update before the iOS update.

х.iso said,
lol at the front page: "Apple has released iTunes 10.5 for both Apple and Mac users."

I'm waiting for the update for Microsoft and Windows users.

Enron said,

I'm waiting for the update for Microsoft and Windows users.

Aww, no iTunes for Canonical and Ubuntu users?

х.iso said,
lol at the front page: "Apple has released iTunes 10.5 for both Apple and Mac users."

Maybe it works on the Apple II now.

Damn, so I will still need to use iTunes for putting new mp3's on, thats not so much of a biggie I suppose, as I rarely do it

Dan~ said,
Damn, so I will still need to use iTunes for putting new mp3's on, thats not so much of a biggie I suppose, as I rarely do it

I was under the impression that as long as the device is plugged into a power source it syncs everything over wi-fi, including music, apps, etc.

nytiger73 said,

I was under the impression that as long as the device is plugged into a power source it syncs everything over wi-fi, including music, apps, etc.

It does... but it still syncs everything over wifi with iTunes.

Meconio said,
Does anyone knows if the sync over wifi is confined to specifics versions of iPod touch or iPhones

Only the iOS devices that got iOS 5. If your device gets iOS 5 you should be OK I think.

Well, already found one really annoying thing... you have to choose wether you want to do your backups in the cloud or on the computer, it's not possible to do both. That sucks big time.

Islander said,
Well, already found one really annoying thing... you have to choose wether you want to do your backups in the cloud or on the computer, it's not possible to do both. That sucks big time.

At least it is something you set on your phone. If you are on the road or something (and you have access to WiFi) you could toggle to backup to iCloud.

TrOjAn. said,
That would be the very first time
Hate updating my iPhone cuz it takes hours :-/

A simple update takes hours? You're either dramatizing like crazy or there's something very wrong on your end.

TrOjAn. said,
That would be the very first time
Hate updating my iPhone cuz it takes hours :-/

should only take minutes! takes me longer to download the updates then to install them

TrOjAn. said,
That would be the very first time
Hate updating my iPhone cuz it takes hours :-/
maybe time to get a faster computer

yodat said,
I believe this version seems faster than previous releases.

It definitely seems to start up much faster for me, and the iTunes store is less laggy than the previous version, especially scrolling. It still won't let me delete old tv episodes I've downloaded in the past though. Delete does nothing, I can't get rid of them.

TrOjAn. said,
That would be the very first time
Hate updating my iPhone cuz it takes hours :-/

What connexion are you using ? 33.6k modem ?

LaP said,

What connexion are you using ? 33.6k modem ?

30Mbit connection here
and I'm not talking about updating to iOS5, the download only took a few minutes and the installation was done in <10 min or something like this

It's adding music and syncing my calendars and contacts that takes HOURS. Yes, hours, without exaggerating. It's on windows 7 home premium with 6 gigs of ram (ddr3) which is 2 years old (quad core, 3.2GHz, ..)
It's just iTunes that is damn slow .. x.x

That's mostly true under a few conditions...

1. You use iTunes match to make all of your music "cloud accessible", unless you plan to (or have already) ONLY buy music from iTMS. Of course there are alternatives to using the built in Music app (previously iPod app) for music availble.

2. You intend to pay for an upgrade for your iCloud storage. If tried to use iCloud to backup my iOS device and 5GB wasn't enough for me, so I set my phone to WiFi sync with iTunes.

3. If you want to access your iCloud Photo Stream from a PC you will need iTunes and the iCloud Control Panel installed.

Shadrack said,
That's mostly true under a few conditions...

1. You use iTunes match to make all of your music "cloud accessible", unless you plan to (or have already) ONLY buy music from iTMS. Of course there are alternatives to using the built in Music app (previously iPod app) for music availble.

2. You intend to pay for an upgrade for your iCloud storage. If tried to use iCloud to backup my iOS device and 5GB wasn't enough for me, so I set my phone to WiFi sync with iTunes.

3. If you want to access your iCloud Photo Stream from a PC you will need iTunes and the iCloud Control Panel installed.

No more than 5GB? n'aww,

Xerax said,
25GB (soon to be expanding aswell )

I don't understand this storage limit thing. If all the music and apps are already hosted by Apple, why would they need to make copies of them? Just tie them to your account when you buy one so you can download it whenever you want.

TRC said,

I don't understand this storage limit thing. If all the music and apps are already hosted by Apple, why would they need to make copies of them? Just tie them to your account when you buy one so you can download it whenever you want.

The 5Gig limit doesn't include music + books. It's just your application data which counts towards this limit.

bugsbungee said,

The 5Gig limit doesn't include music + books. It's just your application data which counts towards this limit.

Oh I see, that's plenty of space then. At least for me.

As bugsbungee said, its the application data that counts towards the limit. Currently I have a lot more than 5GB worth of application data (with all the files I have loaded in GoodReader and Zinio for instance where a magazine can be between 100-400MB).

If you don't have a lot of large files loaded in your applications, then I would imagine 5GB would be plenty.

I think (I'm not sure) games like Order and Chaos (MMO) download level data into the application data so this would be backed up as well and can get quite large.