Set iTunes to Download 1080p Video Content as Default
iTunes now lets you specify a preference for 1080p high definition video content from anything downloaded through the iTunes Store. The default video setting prefers 720p though, here is how to change that to true 1080p HD:
- Open iTunes and pull down the iTunes menu to “Preferences”
- Click on the “Store” tab
- Click the submenu next to “When downloading high definition videos, prefer:” and set to “1080p”
- Close out of iTunes Preferences
You will need iTunes 10.6 or later to find this option in preferences.
Most people can’t tell the difference between a 720p and 1080p video when shown on a distant television, but with the new iPad’s Retina display, the 1080p capable Apple TV 3, and whatever other upcoming high definition displays come from Apple, you’ll almost certainly notice the improved clarity and resolution fo 1080p. Just be aware that 1080p content takes up much more disk space, so you may want to keep 720p as the default if you are concerned with available storage.
This is the second media compression/quality choice that comes with the new version of iTunes, which also lets users set song bit rate from 128kbps to 256kbps on their iOS devices.