As is always the case with an influx of new updates, Apple has updated iTunes to 10.5 in preparation for iOS 5, iCloud, and the new iPhone and iPod touch devices, all of which are being released this week.
Much like iOS 5, iTunes 10.5 has seen several beta releases seeded over the last couple of months for developers to play around with, and now the final release is ready for the downloading pleasure of end-users. A staggering nine beta releases in the past months, now that’s a record breaker if you’re asking us!
There are quite a few new features as you might expect in this version, with iTunes Match and iCloud being the two main focal points; and it will be of much interest to see how they both fare amongst consumers. The services promise much, but we’ve all seen in the past how sketchy the Cupertino company’s web-based projects can be. It appears that Apple has plugged the lingering issues with beta versions which have been prevalent right up until the ninth and last beta released some ten days ago.
It’s advisable that you do update to iTunes 10.5 – especially if you plan to run iOS 5 when it’s released this coming Wednesday. It’s compulsory that iOS 5 users run this latest iTunes release, so if you want to be completely prepared, download and install iTunes 10.5.
Apple gives us a full list of the updated in its changelog:
What’s new in iTunes 10.5
- 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.
You can download iTunes 10.5 for Windows and Mac straight from Apple’s official website by heading over to this link, or simply launch the Apple Software Update app on your PC or Mac, and there you should see an update for iTunes 10.5, hit the Install button and you’re all set!