And So the iCloud Era Begins with iTunes 10.3
Yesterday Apple announced its revolutionary iCloud service at its WWDC keynote, and today sees the start of the iCloud era, with the release this morning of iTunes 10.3., which is rolling out worldwide right now. MacRumors reports that iTunes 10.3 introduces the iTunes in the Cloud beta, and that a subsequent iTunes update, 10.5, which is due in later in the year, will have full support for iCloud and iOS 5.
As announced by Apple yesterday and predicted by Apple pundits for months, iCloud is a set of cloud services designed to work seamlessly with apps on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC, automatically and wirelessly storing your content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly pushing it to all your devices. When anything changes on one of your devices, all of your devices are wirelessly updated almost instantly.
After downloading iTunes 10.3 today, you’ll find that any music that you buy in iTunes will appear automatically on all your devices, and you’ll also be able to try out several iCloud features right now as part of iTunes in the Cloud beta, including Automatic Downloads and Download Previous Purchases. Automatic Downloads enables you to purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices, and Download Previous Purchases enables you to download past iTunes purchases whenever and wherever you want via the new “Purchased” option in the App Store.
“Today it is a real hassle and very frustrating to keep all your information and content up-to-date across all your devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iCloud keeps your important information and content up to date across all your devices. All of this happens automatically and wirelessly, and because it’s integrated into our apps you don’t even need to think about it—it all just works.”
iTunes 10.3 also adds Books to the iTunes store, which, once purchased, can be automatically downloaded to iBooks on your iOS devices.
Source: iTunes 10.3 Now Available for Download - Mac Rumors, Apple