Apple Launches iTunes 10.5 with iCloud

As expected, Apple has released iTunes 10.5, before the launch of its new iOS 5 mobile operating system and iCloud. The new release also enables Wi-Fi syncing between the Apple mobile devices and iTunes on a PC or Mac. iOS 5 and iCloud are set to launch tomorrow, and today’s launch of iTunes 10.5 sets the stage for those releases.

On the World Wide Developers Conference in June Steve Jobs announced the icloud already. The iTunes will now automatically download all purchases made through iTunes and the iOS App Store, regardless of which device the purchases were made on. iTunes 10.5 will not only allow iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to upgrade to the latest version of iOS, it also provides access to iCloud services like iTunes in the Cloud.

Unfortunately, the latest cloud service is not widely used. Windows users already running iTunes will be alerted by the Apple Software Update tool. The most notable iOS 5 additions include support for Wi-Fi syncing, iCloud, more lock-screen options, the iMessage messaging service, integrated Twitter support, and a more accessible camera app. The service is $24.99 a year for 25,000 songs (not including your iTunes purchases) and is currently in beta. iTunes 10.5 will support iTunes Match as soon as the feature is ready for full release.

The release notes for iTunes 10.5 include:

  • 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.
  • Note: iTunes 10.5 no longer requires or includes QuickTime.

You can download iTunes 10.5 directly from Apple, or simply check Software Update in Mac OS X or iTunes for Windows.

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