Apple has just made iTunes 10.5 available for download, and along with it comes iOS 5 wireless syncing capabilities. This is all in preparation for the launch of iOS 5 on Wednesday, so if you’re beginning to grow antsy, this might help you right along. It’s available now for both Mac and PC, and here are a few new things you’ll find:
- 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 PC 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.
Cloud and sync are the real keys here, which are some features that we’ve been yearning for. Soon, you won’t have to worry about connecting your iPhone or iPad to your computer whenever you want to sync your data and multimedia, or to update your software. Instead, you’ll be able to do it all over the air, or OTA.
Another interesting feature is iTunes in the cloud, which will make your content available on any of your iOS devices at no extra charge. This is a huge upgrade over having to plug in your individual devices and waiting for each one to sync.
Overall, the new version of iTunes, in conjunction with iOS 5, will bring some much-needed updates to the Apple ecosystem, and will finally let us get closer to truly wireless lives.