Enable iTunes Automatic Downloads of Music, Apps, and Books via iCloud
The latest version of iTunes includes the great “Automatic Downloads” ability which automatically syncs your new app, music, and book purchases to all of your other iOS devices. This is the first part of iCloud that is available free to iTunes users, but most users won’t see the benefit because it’s not enabled by default. Let’s change that.
Enable iTunes & iCloud Automatic Downloads
You’ll need to download iTunes 10.3 which includes iCloud beta support, and you will also need to use the same iTunes / Apple ID on the devices that you want Automatic Download to work with.
- Open iTunes Preferences
- Click on the “Store” tab
- Check the boxes next to what you want to automatically download and sync between your iOS devices: Music, Apps, Books
Once this is enabled, iTunes will automatically sync new purchases to your iOS devices. This means you can buy a song, app, or book on your Mac or work PC and it will automatically transfer to the iPhone in your pocket and your iPad at home, as long as you’re connected to the internet through Wi-Fi or 3G.
This is obviously a great feature, just keep an eye on data usage if you’re on a limited data plan and downloading via 3G frequently. iCloud itself is free, but your cellular data plan isn’t.
Update: this feature seems to be limited to iTunes users based in the USA for now, this will likely change as iCloud rolls out of beta.