On my last posting I was speculating that iCloud would be launched in increments or stages. I did expect many of the features to be turned on and ready to use. Seems that’s not the case.
So far this is what I have found:
iCloud Can Be Found on IOS Devices in iTunes
My entire collection of purchased music from iTunes is now available for download from my iPhone. There is now a purchased tab on the bottom of the phone where you can go through all your previous purchases.
To the right of all your purchases is a cloud icon. You touch that icon and the music file is downloaded to your IOS device. The iCloud icon is not available if the file is already on your devices.
I started going through my previous purchases and discovered a lot of older music that I had purchased and thought I lost over the years. Yes, I have a disorganized music collection from ripping lots of old CD’s to iTunes and then purchasing 3rd party software to attempt to clean up my collections, find the right album cover artwork, ect, ect.
iCloud is going to get my music library organized again. Apple has also introduced a product that will allow you to rip and store your older CD’s in iCloud. This option will be available for the price of $24.99. I need to do some more research on this when the product actually comes out.
An update to iTunes for your MAC is now available via its website, its version 10.3. If you check for updates on your MAC, version 10.2.2 is the most recent version.
Head over to http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ to download iTunes 10.3. On first glance I don’t see any major changes though.
What’s new in iTunes 10.3
Introducing iTunes in the Cloud beta. The music you purchase in iTunes appears automatically on all your devices. You can also download your past iTunes purchases. Where you want, when you want.
• Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.
• Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music purchases again at no additional cost. Your purchases are available in the iTunes Store on your Mac or in the iTunes app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.
iCloud will Eventually Get All Your Info from Mobileme
Your mobileme accounts have been extended for a year, completely free. Eventually Mobileme will be integrated with iCloud. Having Mobileme extended for a year gives Apple another year to eventually port over your contacts, calenders and bookmarks.
App Store gets connected to iCloud
Step into the app store on one of your IOS devices and you’ll find you can now access all previous apps you have purchased or free apps you have downloaded. When you go to the updates screen in the app store the very first tab is now a purchased tab.
So that’s what I have found so far. An updated iTunes on your MAC and IOS products allowing you access to your music in the cloud, free mobileme for a year to existing customers and access to all your previously purchased apps in the app store.
Anyone find anything else new? I would love to hear about it.